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Nazareth mayor accused of stealing from fire company

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 12, 2016 1:00 PM

(Nazareth, Pa.) -- Authorities say the mayor of an eastern Pennsylvania city is facing theft charges stemming from his role as president of a local fire company.

Nazareth Mayor Carl Strye Jr. confirmed to reporters that he planned to surrender Tuesday at a district judge's office in the Northampton County city.

First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck said the charges involve allegations that Strye stole money from the Vigilance Hose Company, which he headed for 27 years.

Troy Keenhold, who succeeded Strye as president of the company, said money was taken from the nonprofit's social club, not the fire department itself, and no donated money is missing.

Strye said he is cooperating fully with the investigation.

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