Man wanted for causing $500,000 damage to industrial shovel

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Bart Joseph Maciejczyk

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. – A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Bart Joseph Maciejczyk, 48, of Heckschersville.

State Police say on October 2, 2015, at 2:00 a.m., Bart Joseph Maciejczyk and David Michal Powell trespassed on property in the area of 870 Valley Road, in Heckscherville, Cass Township.  While there, both suspects proceeded to remove the copper wiring from a 280-B Bucyrus-Erie Shovel. Upon doing so, they damaged the engine of the machine and rendering it useless. The total amount of damage and costs to repair and replace the motors of the machine is approximately $583,536. The shovel is a large portable steel structure several stories high used to strip coal and overburden from earth in industrial mining operations.

Charges of Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, and Theft by Unlawful Taking were filed against Maciejczyk on November 30, 2015.  Maciejczyk failed to turn himself into authorities and subsequently an arrest warrant was issued.  His last known address was in the 500 block of Fellows Avenue, Hanover Township, Luzerne County. He is also known to frequent Wilkes-Barre.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Maciejczyk or any wanted person, is asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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