NEW YORK More than $500,000 of copper and aluminum scrap were stolen from OmniSource Corp. Nov. 1, according to the company.
"OmniSource Corp. had a large theft of five loads of material that had been shipped by semi-trailer (and) never reached their destinations to New York, Alabama and Ohio," the company said.
Two of the thefts were in Fort Wayne, Ind., and one in Toledo, Ohio. OmniSource is based in Fort Wayne.
The stolen loads included 41,260 pounds of 6022 aluminum in 23 bales worth $40,888.31; 20,000 pounds of copper chops in five drums worth $77,400; 44,000 pounds of copper chops in 11 pallet boxes worth $161,480; 38,965 pounds of hard brass solids worth $121,617.05; and a 42,260-pound load of hard brass borings, semi red brass borings, tin punchings and bare bright copper wire punchings worth $147,511.80.
"The loads were all shipped out of the various locations by the same carriers, which are believed to have been either ghost companies or completely fraudulent in nature," OmniSource said.
The total loss of the 186,485 pounds of metal amounts to $548,897.16, according to the company.
Readers are asked to contact their local police should they encounter someone trying to sell this material.