Two charged re: Pa. church’s stolen copper kettles

The traditional method of making apple butter includes the use of large copper kettles over an open fire, as seen in this image. The kettle shown here is similar to six antique copper kettles that were stolen from a Darlington, Pa., church and taken to a scrap metal dealer.

The traditional method of making apple butter includes the use of large copper kettles over an open fire, as seen in this image. The kettle shown here is similar to six antique copper kettles that were stolen from a Darlington, Pa., church and taken to a scrap metal dealer.

DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Police have charged two men in connection with six copper kettles stolen from a 210-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania church.

The Beaver County Times reports Tuesday that 30-year-old Christopher Mulroy is charged with stealing the kettles from the First United Presbyterian Church of Darlington sometime overnight June 7-8. His friend, 22-year-old Daniel Wickline is charged with receiving stolen property because police say he drove Mulroy to a scrap metal dealer with the kettles.

The theft attracted media attention because the antique kettles have been used for decades to churn apple butter each October at the church about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

The suspects, both from New Galilee, Pa., don’t have listed telephones.

Church officials feared the thefts might harm their tradition, but say others have donated replacement kettles. Instead, the church is considering starting a prison outreach in response.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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The traditional method of making apple butter includes the use of large copper kettles over an open fire, as seen in this image. The kettle shown here is similar to six antique copper kettles that were stolen from a Darlington, Pa., church and taken to a scrap metal dealer.

The traditional method of making apple butter includes the use of large copper kettles over an open fire, as seen in this image. The kettle shown here is similar to six antique copper kettles that were stolen from a Darlington, Pa., church and taken to a scrap metal dealer.