scrap dealers arrested
Four people who work at a Tucson, Arizona,
scrap yard were arrested after police say they accepted stolen
cars and other questionable materials, police said.
Marco Acuna, Hector Fuentes, Salvador Hernandez-Perez, and Cesar
Tovar, employees at Sims Metal Management, were arrested. Sims
is cooperating with police in the investigation.
The men are facing one felony count each of operating a chop
Tucson police, along with federal and state law enforcement officials,
raided Sims Metal Management, 1525 W. Miracle Mile, after a long-term
investigation where Tucson police say they sold 11 stolen cars,
damaged safes, ATMs and wire in the past three months without
the items being properly inspected by workers.
Authorities found stolen vehicles on the property during its
investigation, Sgt. Matt Ronstadt said.
Three of the vehicles were reported stolen to the Tucson Police
Department and the other two were reported as stolen to the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, Ronstadt said. Tucson police are
still investigating and more charges could be pending.