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
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
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.