TROY - Two Troy men have been charged with the theft of an aluminum ramp valued at $1,000 from Barefoot Flooring in Troy, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

The papers note that Bryan Richard Benninger, 21, and Kaleb Daniel Vroman, 19, both of Elmira St., Troy, have been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, both misdemeanor offenses, for the incident that took place Dec. 18.

In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Pelachick wrote that the owner of Barefoot Flooring contacted him and stated that between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 18, someone came to the business and stole a large aluminum ramp from the property outside. The owner said that he called Strope's Wrecking Yard and was told that someone had just sold a large aluminum ramp on the same date at 1:15 p.m.

According to the affidavit, Benninger stated that he and Vroman, his brother, were driving around in Vroman's Ford Ranger and were on Voorhees Road near Gillett, and saw the ramp leaning against a tree so they took it and sold it at Strope's. Benninger said they thought it was abandoned property, but could not explain how the ramp was stolen from Barefoot Flooring between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and was found in Gillett on the same date and sold at 1:15 p.m. Benninger said that the ramps are mass-produced and that it must not be the same ramp.

The owner of Barefoot Flooring positively identified the recovered ramp from Strope's as the one that was stolen from his business on Dec. 18.

Wilcox said that both men were sent summons for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 6.