Industry successfully responds to thefts
Several recent examples of the cooperation
between the scrap recycling industry and law enforcement on materials
thefts demonstrate how this type of cooperation is paying real
dividends by recovering the stolen materials and helping catch
Det. Ronald Selleck of the Livonia, Michigan Police Department
reported that three out of four ScrapTheftAlert.com (STA) alerts
he initiated have resulted in recovered property and felony warrants.
Some examples include:
Renu Recycling alerted police that they had recently purchased
stainless steel listed in an alert has having been stolen. Police
recovered the metal and were able, based on records maintained
by Renu Recycling, to obtain a felony warrant for the seller
of the stolen metal.
Police were notified by H&H Metal that they had purchased
a zinc casting that had been reported stolen on ScrapTheftAlert.com.
Police recovered the stolen property and were able to obtain
a felony warrant for the seller of the stolen zinc.
“I have submitted four items to your ScrapTheftAlert.com site,
and have recovered three out of four stolen properties,” Selleck
Georgia Power corporate security investigator Jason Tutterow
recently wrote, “I would like to thank Ali Hailston and the rest
of the Southern Metals Recycling team in Savannah, Georgia. Due
to their quick thinking and assistance, Southern Metals Recycling
notified Georgia Power about some suspicious wire that was brought
into their facility. The wire was taken from the Georgia Power
Headquarters in Savannah the day prior. All records and pertinent
information on the suspect was collected by Southern Metals Recycling
resulting in a theft case being solved.”
Dr. Mike Biddle, president and founder of MBA Polymers of Richmond,
California, reported that his company used the ScrapTheftAlert.com
system after five air conditioning units on top of his factory
were ripped open for the copper inside. After reporting the crime
on the STA system, the thieves were caught.
“We didn’t get our money back, but let’s hope we put these thieves
out of commission for a good amount of time.”