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PostSubject: Dumb Criminals $$$$$ 160,000 in scrap    Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:20 pm


Police: Two men stole $160,000 in scrap


Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:30 pm | Updated: 9:25 pm, Tue Jan 17, 2012.

Police: Two men stole $160,000 in scrap By Bill Utterback butterback@timesonline.com Timesonline.com | 4 comments

In a month long effort to steal and sell scrap material, two Beaver County men removed metal valued at more than $160,000 from a steel plant in West Mayfield, according to a Beaver Falls police report.

Richard Andrew Javens of Beaver Falls told police he and Frederic Lee Megill Jr. of Rochester worked five nights each week to take scrap metal from PTC Alliance Steel plant, 4400 W. Fourth Ave. They didn't work Friday or Saturday evenings because scrap metal yards aren't open on weekends.

PTC Alliance, on a site formerly occupied by Babcock & Wilcox steel, estimated its loss at $162,125.

Javens and McGill cut a lock from a gate and backed a truck up to a loading dock that is no longer used by the company, went inside a former B&W lab building and removed various metals between December and Jan. 5, according to police.

Police said employees reported the thefts after noticing footprints and tire tracks in the snow on Jan. 5.

Javens, 41, of 1220 Fourth Ave., and Megill, 26, of 764 Reno St., face five felony charges each: burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing and criminal conspiracy, according to court documents.

Four days before they were charged with the PTC Alliance incidents, Javens and Megill were found removing steel bars from the former Envirotrol building at 31st Street and 24th Street Extension in Beaver Falls.

Police said the lock on a door had been broken and a "truckload" of white steel beams had been removed from the building. Both men were charged with theft and criminal trespassing, according to court documents
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PostSubject: Re: Dumb Criminals $$$$$ 160,000 in scrap    Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:03 pm

Lots of metal thefts in your neck of the woods.
You wonder if these are out-of-work folks who are desperate, common thieves or druggies.
There is a show on PBS-Frontline about meth to air next week, but you can watch it on-line, it is a repeat from last spring.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/

Should be educational to say the least...
And for those who are wondering why I'm watching PBS, yes, I am a nerd. afro

The Meth Epidemic
"The Meth Epidemic" is a revealing look at methamphetamine abuse that focuses on Portland, Ore., where use has hit crisis proportions. Included: ways in which drug makers obtain pseudoephedrine (a necessary ingredient); how meth works on the brain.
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PostSubject: Re: Dumb Criminals $$$$$ 160,000 in scrap    Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:49 pm

giddyupgirl says

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Lots of metal thefts in your neck of the woods.
You wonder if these are out-of-work folks who are desperate, common thieves or druggies.

Desperate people, common thieves, druggies, homeless & crazy people are about it, plus dishonest scrap dealers. These are Big Huge Mills that only certain areas are working, some mills are closed with no security & with some gates in desolate areas like the 2 mentioned here. If there is an opportunity someone will take advantage of it. The steel mill were I worked for 40 yrs. the alloy division “lower end” was shut down completely & we would sometimes times find thieves & homeless people inside the buildings, they had cut holes in the fence. Some homeless found electric & or gas & were living there in little heated shelters. We always were in groups when we had to go into this area. Our Plant Protection people didn’t like to check this area at all. Sometimes you felt sorry for these homeless people when it was really cold.
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