NEW YORK Five Ohio men have been sentenced for their roles in a scrap theft ring in the northeastern part of the state.
Express Metals & Recycling Ltd. owner Nayyir Mahdi, of Shaker Heights, and Lindsey Blackmon, of Cleveland, were found guilty in U.S. District Court in Ohio of processing stolen materials and of being involved in stealing or buying stolen scrap, according to the FBI.
Blackmon was found to be in possession of a shipment of steel coils worth about $120,000, which were stolen from a truck parked at a Ramada Inn in Elyria, and Mahdi bought stolen scrap from a number of sources, the agency said.
"Blackmon and others would spot and steal loads of cargo after truck drivers parked their rigs. The tractor, trailer and loads of cargo were then brought to Express Metals" and another scrapyard, where the cargo was broken down, according to the FBI.
Blackmon was found guilty of theft from interstate shipments and sentenced to 57 months in prison, while Mahdi was found guilty of aiding and abetting the possession of cargo stolen from interstate shipments, as well as cultivating marijuana, the U.S. attorney told AMM. Mahdi was sentenced to four years and ordered to pay $22,184 in restitution.
Curtis Wilder was convicted of theft from interstate shipments and sentenced to three years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $346,845 in restitution.
Gilbert Evans was convicted of conspiracy to possess property from interstate shipments and sentenced to 16 months in prison; Mark Brown, also of Cleveland, was sentenced to one day in jail to be followed by eight months of home confinement.
A sixth man, Davies Pierce, of Cleveland, is scheduled to be sentenced next month for his alleged role in the thefts.