Apprehended Stealing Metal
Around dusk yesterday, an alert Grady County
neighbor noticed two men acting suspiciously near an old building located
on rural private property that is posted and patrolled by Plantation
Plantation Security Lt. Wallace Hancock and the Grady County
Sheriff were notified. Upon arriving at the scene, the Officers apprehended
the suspects as they were loading metal into their truck. The suspects knew
they were trespassing and said that they were planning to sell the metal for
Both suspects were transported to the Grady County Jail and
their truck was impounded.
Major Alan Lamarche, President of Plantation Security, Inc.
said that scrap metal thievery is a growing "profitable" crime in most
rural areas of south Georgia and north Florida. "The price of all metals is
high right now and everything from copper to aluminum to steel and iron are
bringing top dollar at scrap yards. With a depressed economy and high
unemployment, many desperate people are turning to 'scrapping' to make money,"
There are legitimate "scrappers" who advertise and get the
owner's permission before entering private property to remove anything.
Unfortunately, there are far more "unsavory scrappers" who will drive through
rural areas to scout for unprotected buildings, pivots, automobiles,
AC units and other farm equipment. The thieves will frequently wait until
dusk to trespass and quickly load their loot after
most managers and owners are at home having supper and settling in
for the evening. Some have been known to strip the electrical wiring out of an
entire house, while destroying walls and removing AC units in a very short
time. Such property destruction can cost the owner hundreds of times more in
damage than the actual value of the stolen metal."
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