Man charged with stealing scrap metal

COVINGTON - A 56-year-old man is facing theft by taking charges after he was allegedly caught stealing from a metal fabricating business last week.

About 8 a.m., Dec. 20, police responded to Misa Metal Fabricating Inc. and spoke to a witness who reported that he saw two black men removing "sheerable steel" from the business' recycling bin, according to an incident report completed by Officer Brent Fuesting.

When he confronted the suspects and told them they were not allowed to take the metal, one of the men, McArthur Smith, 56, of 2198 Lee St. allegedly told him he just got out of prison and that someone at the business had said they could take what they wanted.

The suspects then reportedly started to move toward the witness. Allegedly fearing for his safety, the witness told the men to go ahead and take the metal. Smith and the other suspect then loaded the metal onto the back of a white Chevrolet pickup truck and fled the scene, according to the CPD report.

Another witness told Fuesting he had followed the suspect to a recycling center on Washington Street, but said they didn't enter because there were police at the location. The suspects reportedly continued driving and the witness lost sight of them in traffic.

Officer Eric Almond later spoke with the owner of the recycling center, who said he had the metal at his business and that he gave Smith, along with another suspect, more than $200 for it over a two-day period.

Police later located Smith on Lunsford Circle and took him into custody.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.