Woman charged in sale of stolen welding rig thanks to detective work by victim's dad, police say

Posted: 11:03 PM EDT Jul 05, 2013

A woman is facing charges after the stolen welding equipment she sold to a pawn shop was spotted in the store by the theft victim's father, officials said.

Toni M. Byers sold a Lincoln Electric Weld Pack 140 MIG and four pieces of jewelry to Two Rivers Trading Post, 50 Centre Square, Easton, on June 13, officials said.

The items were reported stolen to Forks Township police on June 16 by Vickey Russomano, officials added.

Russomano's father Edward found the welding rig at the pawn shop on June 17, and when police recovered it, they also found four pieces of jewelry that had been stolen from Vickey Russomano's home, officials said.

Byers was paid $50 for the welding rig, which is valued at more than $560, and $11 for the jewelry, which included a 14-karat three-stone pendant, a pair of silver hoop earrings, a silver pendant and a silver cross with stones, officials said.

Byers, 29, of 221 Iron St., Easton, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on a charge of receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 12.