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Antique dealer charged with taking another’s wares

By Staff | Nov 25, 2015

PENNSDALE – Local antique dealer Brenda Lee Harner turned herself in last week to face felony charges for allegedly stealing nearly $18,000 worth of antiques from another dealer, according to Muncy Township Police Chief Christopher McKibben.

Harner, 55, of 305 Harner Lane, is accused of taking 300-plus antique items from the storage garage of Christina Hummel at 514 Quaker Church Road between last November and October of this year, McKibben said.

It is alleged Harner offered the items for sale at a display she set up through a third antique dealer, who was unaware the articles had been taken, McKibben said.

At the display alone, police recovered nearly 60 of the stolen antiques, McKibben said. Police did not know what other items may have been sold on the Internet or through other means, but the chief said Hummel presented numerous pages documenting items that have been missing from the garage in the last year.

Harner reportedly admitted in October to the thefts, saying she entered Hummel’s garage three to four times and removed several items in the past 12 months.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on three counts of burglary and one count each of theft and receiving stolen property, Harner was released on $35,000 bail.