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Navy worker indicted in scrap conspiracy

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal, aluminum, Harry Mann, John Williams, Rudy Lozano, metals theft, Dare County Bombing Range, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The former manager of a U.S. Navy bombing range has been accused of conspiring with salvage yard owners to steal $6.7 million in scrap metal between 2005 and 2011.

Harry Mann has been charged with one count of conspiracy and numerous counts of theft of government property and aiding and abetting.

Also charged were Rudy Lozano and John Williams, who operated two salvage and recycling businesses.

According to the criminal complaint, Mann would contact Lozano, Williams and a third unnamed co-conspirator to steal vehicles, parts and various heavy equipment machines from the Dare County Bombing Range in eastern North Carolina. The activities would take place at night and weekends.

Items sold for scrap included a 20-ton military personnel carrier and more than 10 tons of aluminum runways, the indictment said. The men were also alleged to have stripped a functioning vehicle, selling its motor and batteries, as well as the scrap metal generated from the vehicle.

After the scrap was sold, Mann was paid between 4 and 7 cents per pound for the material he supplied, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina.

Investigators seized $245,037 from Mann’s residence and $45,341 from two bank accounts.

Mann, Williams and Lozano couldn’t be reached for comment.

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