100 Transmissions Stolen From Auto Parts Business

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ARCHBALD -- A car parts business in Lackawanna County is missing some 100 transmissions today.

Although the transmissions aren't brand new, the crime concerns authorities because criminals have targeted the business three times in one week.

Archbald Police have been called to Highway Auto Parts, a used car parts lot in the borough, three times in the last week. Each time, the thefts become more unusual and more bold. Most recently, police said a group of crooks took more than 100 transmissions from the place.

Highway Auto Parts in Archbald was home to a heist that police believe took hours overnight and rid the used auto parts lot of about 20,000 pounds worth of parts.

The thieves started small last week, swiping tires and wheels. Then a few days later 100 car batteries were stolen.

But those two were nothing compared to what was stolen sometime over the weekend. Police believe the same thieves took 100 transmissions that were piled up on the lot.

"It definitely was multiple people, we think all the thefts are related. And they're definitely using some kind of truck or trailer," said Archbald Police Patrolman Christian Capone.

Patrolman Capone said the only evidence left behind were large truck tracks at the back of the lot. Capone thinks a group of thieves had to make several trips to get all those transmissions.

"I would assume that they're scrapping the metal. It's large quantities of metal and that's been popular these days. There are a lot of places in the area that will take this kind of thing and its quick cash," he added.

Workers at Ben Weitsmann's in Scranton have not seen a lot of transmissions lately, but showed Newswatch 16 how hard they are to move. The parts weigh about 200 pounds each.

Frequent scrappers say a transmission will earn you about $30. A price the thieves may have multiplied by 100.

Police say their next step is to alert local scrap yards. But scrappers said these thieves are organized and likely took the transmissions elsewhere.

"Most likely what happened is they went out-of-state. They probably took it to New York or New Jersey. It's probably on its way to being melted down soon, unless they catch them,” said Kietchen Eaches of Simpson.

Police in Archbald said scrap metal theft has spiked recently as the weather has gotten warmer. They're asking anyone who may have information about this theft to call them.


  • anna

    I saw my neighbors with some tires maybe they are the ones from the junk yard and more cars parts young kids these days

  • Alex

    Get your facts right wnep so you don’t look stupid. Transmission average 150 pounds not 200. I’d love to see a 200 pound transmission. And don’t go by what Ben Weitsmans workers say, they are just at the tip of the iceberg as far as knowing anything about scrap. They are blowing this way up for more insurance money! !! And that’s the truth, I dare anyone to call me out.

  • mdog

    A Junkyard is to manly
    in today’s world the men are
    i/2 men to the media.
    A car parts business is much
    more Shabby Chic.
    Hope they get these Hoods.

  • ryry

    I never heard of a junk yard that did daily inventory on every single car part, on thousands of cars.

  • Haha

    The owner is a rip off they should do a financial investigation on ironically every few years there’s something thefts fires what ever the case keep in mind all the machinery for the power lines weren’t touched sounds a lil odd if ya ask me

  • Tom

    There is also a brand new Powell development going up around this junk yard. Nice views except for this place stinking up sales. Any coincidence?

  • LeggsNham

    And they burnt down the front building for insurance money. It’snot been proven but it is pretty much common knowledge in that area.

    • Paul

      Get your facts straight !!! A serial arsonist is in jail for the fire .It seems your yet another stupid person with nothing better to do….Do you have work in the morning??? Or is that check you got on the 1st still have life in it….A real man doesn’t hide behind the internet and at least gets his facts straight

  • LeggsNham

    I guess the dog they keep caged all day isn’t doing its job. They Rob people every day, offer you 25 bucks for your car if you drive it there, and it’s a junk yard not an auto parts store

    • Paul

      And when was the last time you sold a car there ????? If you can prove to anyone that in the last decade they offered you $25 for your car I will give you a $200 just for being an idiot. You want to assume things….I assume that’s what you drive is scrap cars, or maybe a huffy.

  • amanda

    we in the area have a nickname for them HIGHWAY ROBBERY. their “used” parts are 3xs more thank any other junk yard in the area … i smell inside job

  • burtfan

    Did it occur to the police after the second robbery that maybe they should have been watching the place?. It takes hours to steal and load up 100 transmissions.

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