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Emmittsburg man charged with farm equipment thefts

Michael Springer charged with the theft of numerous pieces of farm-related property stolen in Carroll and Frederick counties, and Chambersburg, Pa., over a five-month span from August to December 2014. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/199ttQh" target="newwin">http://bit.ly/199ttQh</a>
Michael Springer charged with the theft of numerous pieces of farm-related property stolen in Carroll and Frederick counties, and Chambersburg, Pa., over a five-month span from August to December 2014. Full story: http://bit.ly/199ttQh (HANDOUT)

An Emmitsburg man has been charged with the theft of numerous pieces of farm-related property stolen in Carroll and Frederick counties, and Chambersburg, Pa., over a five-month span from August to December 2014, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

During the course of the investigation, detectives from the Frederick County and the Carroll County Major Crimes Unit worked cooperatively to identify Michael Springer, of Emmittsburg, as a possible suspect.

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Springer is currently incarcerated in the Frederick County Detention Center awaiting trial on 12 counts of thefts, which include the charges for both the Frederick and Carroll county thefts, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Items including steel fuel tanks and full-sized grain wagons were reported stolen and recovered during the course of this investigation. Springer allegedly sold many of the stolen items to Wolfe Industrial Auctions, Inc., located in Frederick County.

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Springer is accused of thefts totaling $44,550 throughout all three jurisdictions, with detectives recovering $34,200.

The Sheriff's Office reported five thefts totaling $31,050 in Carroll, and detectives recovered and returned $20,700 in property belonging to Carroll County residents. Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jon Light said no additional details about the thefts were being released at this time.

Pennsylvania State Police are also pursuing charges against Springer for the thefts that occurred in Chambersburg, Pa.

Reach staff writer Michel Elben at 410-857-7873 or michel.elben@carrollcountytimes.com.

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