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2 arrested for metal theft

March 28, 2011

Two men were arrested Friday after stealing $3,000 in scrap metal.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies responded to the 1600 block of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton about 5:05 p.m. after receiving a call reporting a theft in progress.

They arrived on the scene to find Bobby Franklin Leatherman, 55, and David Michael Henry, 29, both of Maiden, attempting to steal 1,580 pounds of miscellaneous scrap metal stored on a piece of property, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

The scrap metal was stored on the property of Tracey Matthews Sipe, 50, of Maiden.

Leatherman and Henry were arrested and taken into custody at the Catawba County Detention Center under $3,000 bonds each. They are charged with one count of felony larceny in thefts greater than $400.

Leatherman is out of jail on bond, and Henry remains in jail.


metal theft

April 29, 2011 by HectorD, 4 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 381

More people are turning to stealing metals to scare up some cash. Metal thievery has been observed during previous periods of high gas costs, and people are stealing precious metals for instance platinum and copper at an increasing pace. Theft of metals is especially disturbing, though it is hard to do much about without catching the thief in the act. Since precious metals always have a market, it is darn hard to get the stolen goods back. I read this here: Precious metal and gasoline theft increasing nationwide

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