Posts Tagged ‘Scrap metal theft’

Three men charged with stealing scrap metal

January 26, 2014

SWOYERSVILLE — Police charged three men with stealing scrap metal from a business in the borough.

Police allege Erik Bruno, 42, of Exeter; David Galently, 59, of West Wyoming; and Carmen Anthony, 42, of Swoyersville, used a pickup truck to drive onto private property in the rear of Luzerne Iron Works on Sly Street on Jan. 15.

Bruno and Anthony loaded the bed of the pickup with scrap metal while Galently stayed in the truck, according to the criminal complaints.

Police allege the three men sold the metal at a scrap yard in Wilkes-Barre for money. Read full story here!



Women, man arrested in scrap metal theft

January 24, 2013

2 Red Bluff women and a Gerber man were arrested Friday after they tried to sell stolen scrap metal to Richfield Recycling.

A witness saw three individuals loading the scrap metal into a white pickup from behind a barn located on the corner of River Road and Olive Avenue, owned by a 45-year-old Corning man.

The witness then followed the pickup to the recycling yard and called the property owner.

Police arrived at Richfield Recycling and the victim was able to identify $165 worth of scrap metal the three suspects were trying to sell.

Julie Marie Dewitt, 31 and Danielle Joyce Pennell, 25 were arrested along with 23-year-old Blake Larsen and charged with possession of stolen property.

Bail for each was $15,000.

:Courtesy Daily News

Beware scrap metal recycling scam – con don’t be a victim

February 3, 2012

We are a scrap metal recycling expert, but sadly to say most companies don’t know the whole process.

Real world example:

You the seller contacts us asking for a price quote on lets say Hastelloy C which is a nickel alloy.
We gather info such as total weight “10K lbs” Form of metal, size of each piece etc.

Next you contact another company and they offer $0.75 cents more which at 10K lbs is $7500 more so it sounds like
a better deal but they mention that you have to ship material to them or that they will pick up & process the metal
then cut you a check in 10-30 days.

What do you do?

Most people would go with the $7500 more which is understanding, but in 70% # of cases those kind of operations
provide no paper work, receipt etc & that is actually perfectly normal when it comes to the recycling business.

But & this is a big one 70% of the same companies will either downgrade your material on no grounds to do so
yet you are now at their mercy since you willingly sent them the metal. They will now offer you $1.25 less than
the original price & good luck becuase no matter what you are now a fish on a hook.

If you ask for your metal back you will never get it, you cannot report theft either because all it
is is a business deal where 2 parties agreed to something and things went bad. At this point the company
will send you a check and thats that. You just lost $5000 versus the price we would have paid you.

Deals like this happen every day so be aware. Better yet contact us & make it simple

“This example is used from a real event where a employee of a large company contacted us but in his case the metal buyer conned him out of $50,000 after which the seller went on to lose his job.”

1 cent Penny theft = Felony

August 9, 2011

A penny saved may be a penny earned, but in the state of Texas, a penny stolen is about to become a felony.

Texas lawmakers passed a bill this session increasing penalties for scrap metal theft, a crime that’s become a growing problem nationwide.

Under current law, it is a state jail felony to steal anything worth less than $20,000 if the item is at minimum of 50% copper.

The new bill taking effect Sept. 1 strikes out the 50 percent threshold, meaning that theft of any item with any amount of copper would be considered a felony. All pennies consist of at least 2.5 percent copper, according to the U.S. Mint.

Shannon Edmonds, director of governmental relations for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, has jokingly pointed out the new “penny punishment” at meetings he has been holding around the state to educate prosecutors about laws approved in this year’s legislative sessions.

Edmonds said he doesn’t expect any prosecutor to charge someone with a state jail felony for stealing a penny. But he added that it shows how lawmakers often change current law without fully realizing the consequences.

“In their zeal to get after some of these scrap metal scavengers, they really swung the pendulum pretty far to the other side,” Edmonds said.

Tx scrap metal recycling law is getting strict!

Crime gangs move in on scrap metal goldmine as prices soar

August 8, 2011

Organised crime gangs are thought to be behind a huge rise in metal thefts across Greater Manchester. There have been 3,372 recorded incidents over the last six months – compared to 1,482 in the twelve months from April 2008.

It means the region has one of the highest rates of metal thefts in the country. Thieves have targeted church roofs, schools, homes, railways, phone lines, chimney stacks, grids, manhole covers and memorial plaques.

They have stolen lead, copper, iron, steel, bronze and aluminium. The scrap value of these metals have rocketed over the last few years because of an insatiable demand from China and India. Full story here

Scrap metal prices linked with theft in Dallas TX

August 5, 2011

As prices of scrap metal remain high so does scrap metal theft in Dallas County, Dallas which is only 1 of 4 major cities in the DFW metroplex is home to one of the biggest scrap metal industries in the country & home to such scrap metal recycling companies as Dallas – Fort Worth based & Commercial Metals Company.

Scrap copper prices are remaining around the $4.00 mark & copper theft alone is amounting to 15 – 20 new cases every day. To put that into perspective as mentioned Dallas is 1 of 4 major cities in the metroplex now add the other cases of theft such as aluminum and stainless steel & combine it with the scrap metal theft of the remaining 3 cities and you get an idea of how bad the situation is.

Most all scrap metal recycling yards in the DFW metroplex are required to purchase regulated metal products such as certain high voltage copper wire, AC units, Street signs etc only from verified contractors or homeowners that can prove how they got hold of the metal “AC unit replacment invoice etc.” so to discourage would be scrap metal theifs from stealing these items.

Yet even with those measures in place, scrap metal theft is still a major concern in the Dallas – Ft Worth metroplex.

By: David Tene, Owner of Dallas – Ft Worth based

Metal theifs nearly sink Hewes Marine Co

August 4, 2011

A supervisor at a colville boat company sold an estimated $556,000 worth of stolen aluminum to a Spokane based scrap metal company. According to sources it took over three years to catch the thief because he was in charge of the Hewes Marine Co. investigation. Court documentation papers say that Christopher Randall Boring, set up cameras, conducted numerous audits and repeatedly claimed to be baffled.

“We never dreamt that one of our most trusted employees would be stealing it, especially not in that quantity,” co-owner Bill Hewes said.

He said he has little hope of recovering any of the loss.

Boring, 40, pleaded guilty in Stevens County Superior Court to aggravated first-degree theft and aggravated first-degree trafficking of stolen property.

He was with the company since February 2005, and resigned last year days after incriminating information was found on computer. A jury Wednesday convicted his wife, Jody Danielle Boring, of second-degree trafficking, aggravated by large economic impact. ALong with the recession, the theft of 360,799 pounds of aluminum sheet “came very close to pushing us over the edge,” Hewes said.

He said the thefts began in 2008, leaving the company in a weakened condition when the recession bottomed out for the boat-building industry in 2009.

“We could have avoided a lot of layoffs and pay cuts,” Hewes said.

“Wow, I didn’t know that,” said Hap Alhborn, owner of Action Recycling in Spokane.

Ahlborn’s scrap metal recycling company bought the stolen aluminum without checking whether they owned it or not. A statement says Ahlborn produced copies of receipts for more than $200,000 his recycling firm paid the Borings since 2007 – far less than the original cost of the aluminum. “Hap stated that many times the aluminum would be large sheets that looked to be brand-new, whole pieces cut in half,” according to an affidavit. Ahlborn reportedly said Boring was his largest supplier of aluminum, and many of his employees wanted to serve Boring because he would give them a $100 tip.

A state law in 2007 says scrap dealers can’t buy “commercial metal property” unless the seller a account with the dealer or has written release form stating the material is not stolen.
“That’s shady part of the law,” Ahlborn said. “It says that an account has to be set up, but it doesn’t mention how.”

“Chris was very persuasive,” Hewes said. “He fooled a lot of people.”

Court records show that the Borings filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and again in 2009, for debts totaling $115,504.
Stevens County Prosecutor Matt Enzler said he will recommend a 4 year sentence for Chris Boring, but has not reached a decision about what to do with Jody Boring.

Scrap Metal Recycling Then & Now – Prices & Theft

August 3, 2011

Scrap metal recycling has changed since the economic rise & fall. When the metal recycling industry was booming 3 – 4 years back scrap metal prices were high, (scrap copper wire as much as $3.50(. Very much has changed including the way everyday household based metals are recycled since those high scrap metal prices. When the boom first started thefts were being reported at a high rate, everything from cemetery grave plates & flower holders (Brass Scrap) to church air conditioning units (Copper & Aluminum Scrap) were being stolen by individuals causing as much as thousands of dollars in damage. Theft has finally fallen since most cities are making more regulated laws that concern recycling and scrap metal prices have fell along with the rest of our economy.

For instance in Fort Worth TX many recycling yards will not accept a scrap residential air conditioning unit unless you have a receipt from a contractor that installed your new unit along with a TX ID or DL, a picture may also be taken of your vehicle. In Arkansas for instance (once rated as the worst state in the US for scrap related thefts) I remember one instance in which an individual stole spools of heavy copper wire that were located at a electrical sub station just blocks away from a police department in Arkansas. Another instance was a person in Dallas/Ft Worth TX tried to cut down a live power line (Copper wire) and suffered the consequences with his life. Now the laws in many cities regulate many items such as scrap copper wire, residential/commercial a/c units or parts, electrical fixtures & so on. The bottom of the crisis has been reached, it seems that way anyway for the recycling industry since metal prices are on the rise again and thanks to these laws the future of metal recycling should have a lot less impact on thefts directly related to high scrap metal prices.

David Tene Purchasing Agent
American scrap metal
Houston TX

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