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Police Make Arrest for Scrap Metal Theft—a Crime on the Rise

Several cases of scrap-metal theft have recently been recorded in St. Charles and Geneva. Now an arrest has been made for the crime.

Geneva police arrested Ivan Gonzalez, 32, of Aurora around 9:31 a.m. March 1 on charges of theft under $300 for taking about 1,000 pounds of scrap metal from Allied Rivet, 1172 Commerce Dr. in Geneva.

Police determined that there was also a warrant out for Gonzalez' arrest issued by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay a fine and failure to appear for a violation of driving without a license or seat belt.

On Feb. 13, an employee exiting from the southwest side of the business told police he saw a vehicle pulling a white, open-style trailer leaving the access drive and saw pieces of scrap metal on the ground and inside the trailer.

The report said the scrap metal was valued at less than $500.

ed that just two days earlier in Batavia, about 2,800 pounds of scrap metal was stolen by an unknown offender at , 900 Paramount Pkwy. The stolen property was valued at an estimated $300, according to .

Scrap metal thievery is a , not only in the Tri-Cities but throughout the United State and internationally.

robert poznanski March 08, 2011 at 06:45 PM
As the economy worsens,so shall minor thefts such as these! Working,as I do, at a major hardware retailer,it is common to find open boxes, or packages with the contents removed and missing! This is a part of the greater problem of joblessness and lack of resources,that we now find ourself's in! Try to think about the desperation that would cause one to step over the bounds of civilized behavior,and remember,while there is no excuse for this ,it is desperation that drives it!!It does seem to be getting worse!

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