NEW YORK More than
$225,000 worth of nickel bricks were stolen from the Portage,
Ind., facility of industrial equipment supplier Ryan Industries
Thieves took 12 containers of
about 2,000 pounds each on the night of Jan. 18, according to
the Portage Police Department.
Ryan Industries owner John
Brunker told investigators that the thieves gained access to
the property by cutting a chain securing an exterior fence.
However, police found "no signs of forced entry into the shop
Surveillance footage also
suggested the thieves used a forklift located on the property
to steal the metal.
"After further speaking with Mr.
Brunker, he made it clear that he suspects either current or
ex-employees as the suspects for the burglary," according to
the police report.
While the police report listed
ISA Sales & Service LLC as the victim of the theft, a
source at the company told AMM that the two companies
share a property; ISA Sales was listed on the report because
its employees reported the theft.
Brunker did not respond to
requests for comment.