A Plymouth teen was arrested Monday during an investigation into stolen vehicles, including the theft of a state-owned dump truck from the Poconos on Sunday.
Thomas McCue Jr., 19, was taken into custody in Edwardsville on Monday afternoon after police spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of Roosevelt Street. McCue was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where he was being held on a parole violation, a prison official said Monday night.
McCue had denied stealing any vehicles when approached by reporters as he was led away from the Edwardsville Municipal Building in handcuffs.
“No sir,” he said repeatedly.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police were called to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s road material stockpile yard on Route 423 in Coolbaugh Township at about 7 a.m. Sunday for a possible accident.
They found a late-model, white sedan with the keys in the ignition parked on Route 423 near the yard and learned that the car had been stolen from Larksville at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, according to a press release.
Police also found that the gate to the stockpile yard had been heavily damaged by a vehicle leaving the premises.
Police contacted a PennDOT supervisor, and it was determined that a yellow 2012 International tandem-style dump truck had been stolen from the yard, police said.
Investigation revealed the vehicle left the scene and traveled south on Route 423 toward Pocono Pines. From there, the big yellow truck ultimately made its way into Luzerne County, and across the Susquehanna River.
Kingston police Sgt. Michael Krzywicki said neighbors called 911 at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday to report that a truck had struck a power pole at Grove and Broad streets, then drove off.
The truck was located at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at a shopping center in Pringle, Sgt. Krzywicki said.
PennDOT District 5 Press Officer Ronald Young said the gate at the stockpile yard, which was locked, and several supporting poles were damaged in the theft. He said he was told the dump truck also sustained some damage.
“Apparently, it was used by a perpetrator to crash into the gate,” Young said.