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September 09, 2016

Police: Pennsylvania man steals $3,000 in pennies

A Pennsylvania man is facing charges after allegedly stealing his boss's 1,600-pound drum of spare change.

Robert Napolitan, 34 of Scott Township, transported the drum that held more than $3,000 worth of pennies via hand truck to his Jeep, according to the Taylor Police Department in Lackawanna County.

The spare change belonged to Theodore Kazmierczak, the owner of Pyne Freight Lines, Inc. Chief Stephen Derenick said that it was his personal collection.

Napolitan, a mechanic with Pyne Freight Lines, told the company that he would be working late over Labor Day weekend though security cameras showed him swiping the collection around 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to The Times-Tribune. Police tracked the hand truck's mark left in the dirt as well as a trail of change that led to Napolitan's discovery. 

Police said they found more pennies strewn between the seats and strewn throughout Napolitan's car.

He's charged with burglary, trespassing, unlawful taking and receiving stolen property and is held in Lackawanna County Prison.

Police said there was no motive listed in the case.