Oil City Woman Accused of Stealing Equipment, Selling It to Contractor

| November 8, 2018

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman allegedly stole equipment from a camp in Washington Township and then sold it to a contractor.

Court documents indicate the Marienville-based State Police filed criminal charges against 43-year-old Melody D. Diirner, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, Trooper Weaver, of the Marienville-based State Police, was dispatched on September 2 to a report of a theft in the Washington Township, Clarion County area.

According to the complaint, two known victims reported multiple items, including various tools and construction equipment, were stolen from their camp. The victims provided a list of the stolen items that included an aluminum metal brake.

The complaint indicates that one of the victims stated that Melody Diirner and two other known individuals had been staying at their camp. The victim further related that they began to notice items were coming up missing towards the end of July of 2018. The victim then noted that “Diirner and one of the known individuals have a bad history of theft, so they decided to ‘kick them out’ of the camp.”

The victim also stated that a local contractor had contacted them and provided them with a receipt showing that he bought an aluminum brake, a leaf blower, and a weed eater from Diirner and a known individual for $375.00. The victims reported that they had confirmed that the aluminum brake was theirs after the contractor described it to them. The victims turned over the receipt to Trooper Weaver.

According to the complaint, it was learned that the blower and weed eater belonged to another victim in a separate theft investigation.

On September 11, Trooper Weaver spoke to the contractor who reported that he bought the aluminum brake, leaf blower, and weed eater from Diirner and another individual on August 17, according to a complaint.

The contractor stated that the known individual told him that he was quitting his contracting business and was selling all of his equipment. The contractor also said that he obtained the receipt for the items on August 24, when he finished paying for them. He noted that Diirner was present at that time and accepted payment for the items.

The contractor also related that he learned that the items might be stolen. He then immediately contacted the Franklin-based State Police and also contacted the victims who were able to confirm that the aluminum brake was theirs.

Based on the investigation, Diirner was arraigned at 2:40 p.m. on Friday, November 2, on a first-degree misdemeanor count of Receiving Stolen Property.

Diirner is free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, with Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill presiding.


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