Business owner vents frustration over thefts

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — A Sharon business owner is searching for answers after he said a former employee cost him more than $100,000 after multiple thefts.

New Era Machine has been in Sharon for nearly 10 years and over that time frame, owner Tim Sebastian said he has had different types of metal stolen from his business and he said police and city leaders are doing nothing to take care of the problem.

Surveillance video shows who Sebastian said is a former employee stealing from his business. It was the second of  two major incidents that he said have cost him more than $100,000.

Sebastian said even after showing police and the Sharon city manager video evidence, nothing has been done.

“You just don’t get a response. If you call them, they don’t call you back. I gave up speaking with the city manager because after 30 times down there to see him and nothing happens, I have a business to run, I don’t have time to go down there,” Sebastian said.

He took his concerns to Thursday’s Sharon City Council meeting.

Sharon’s city manager was not at the meeting, but Council President Ed Palanski said they will look into the situation.

“Our course will be to go to the city manager to get an update and work this back through channels and get together with the police chief,” Palanski said.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster said he could not discuss either of the alleged theft cases.

“I’m not at liberty to talk about any criminal investigation, active or inactive, in a public forum,” Menster said.

He did say it was ridiculous to be accused of not doing anything.

“The allegations that we are not taking crimes seriously is not true,” Menster said.

But Sebastian disagreed.

“Just keep getting told different stories. I don’t think they did anything,” he said.

Sebastian had several stacks of information he documented after calls were made to the city manager, but he said it’s hard to focus on work when he’s working to get solutions to these alleged incidents.

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