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Evidence mounts in Asarco copper heist

Keywords: Tags  Asarco LLC, copper ingots, U.S. Customs, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Samuel Frizell


NEW YORK — The Arizona Department of Public Safety has discovered evidence that will likely result in arrests in the case of a copper heist at producer Asarco LLC, a department spokesman told AMM Tuesday.

Copper ingots worth more than $1.5 million, allegedly stolen from the Tucson, Ariz.-based producer, were seized by Arizona police and U.S. Customs officials in September and October, spurring an investigation into a theft law enforcement officials suspected was an inside job ( amm.com, Nov. 15).

Financial records and ledgers seized in southern Arizona last week show that 12 to 15 people were allegedly involved in the scheme, the spokesman said. E-mail correspondence, bills and other documents also indicate that a trucking company and a scrap company were connected to the criminal syndicate that allegedly stole the copper.

Arizona police will continue to investigate the theft before making any arrests, the spokesman said.

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