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2 men plead guilty in rival business arson case

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh County judge ruled Feb. 7 that two men will stand trial on allegations of an arson-for-hire plot.

Those two men, Stefan Andre Skweir and John A. Stettner, both pleaded guilty in court Oct. 16. 

Skweir pleaded guilty to four charges, including arson with the danger of death or bodily injury and arson with the intent to destroy an unoccupied building.

Stettner also pleaded guilty to the same four charges as Skweir. 

As for the case itself, a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal testified investigators found a rock thrown through the front window and the remnants of a melted plastic gasoline can near the display cases of AD Gold Exchange off Route 309 in North Whitehall Township. Authorities allege Skweir employed Stettner to find someone to burn down a rival gold buyer’s business in September 2011.

The business owner, Alan Dennis, told investigators he suspected Skweir, who owned nearby A&S Coins, had a hand in the fire, according to court records. He alleged he’d been receiving harassing phone calls and emails since opening the store that has relocated.

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