CPD: Homeless man attempts to steal $150k in metal from recycling center

Gun reported stolen from home-based tattoo artist

COVINGTON — A man staying at the homeless shelter in Covington is accused of stealing various pieces of metal from the shelter before attempting to steal more than $150,000 from a nearby recycling center.

Trinity Lamar Williams, 36, was arrested Saturday morning after leading the owner of the recycling center on a foot chase before police were able to arrive.

According to the Covington Police Department incident report, the owner of L&B Recycling on Washington Street discovered Williams allegedly attempting to steal a number of items from the business.

“(The owner) chased the subject through the creek, through other businesses and onto Spillers Drive, where Mr. Williams approached a house,” the report states. “(The owner) stated he saw and heard the subject knocking on the door and say, ‘Let me in. Someone’s chasing me!’”

The owner and another employee continued to watch the house, and a short time later Williams came outside. Soon, police arrived at the scene and arrested Williams.

Officers searching Williams found the keys to a Mack truck and other vehicles inside his front pocket. Based on footage from surveillance cameras at the recycling center, officers reported that Williams had loaded inside a Mack truck a number of tools, including a ratchet/pry bar from another truck. They found that Williams had broken the locks off doors to two separate storage rooms on the property and had placed in the Mack truck a metal lawn tractor body, two electric motors, three Briggs & Stratton vertical shaft motors, a window air conditioning unit, a clutch for a John Deere tractor, the frame for a moisture sensor cell, an extension cord, a Skil saw and various small metal objects. A trailer attached to the Mack truck was also loaded with processed scrap metal, the report states.

“The truck and its contents are estimated at over $150,000,” the CPD reported.

One of the responding officers at the scene recognized Williams as being a suspect in a theft the previous night at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter. According to that incident report, the director of the homeless shelter reported Saturday morning that a grill and metal handles from the refrigerator had been taken sometime overnight. The only resident missing was Williams, the report states.

Williams, who told police he was homeless, was arrested and charged with two counts of theft by taking and three counts of burglary in the second degree.

In other news, police continue to look for a man believed to have stolen a gun from the person giving him a tattoo.

The victim reported that sometime around 3 p.m. Saturday, he was giving the suspect a tattoo of a flaming skull with two aces in his house. When the victim went into another room to get some paper towels, two of the men who were with the suspect suddenly left.

“The complainant stated he went outside to look for them but could not see where they went,” the report states. “The complainant stated he went back inside and finished the tattoo on the man.”

After the suspect left the house, the victim noticed the handgun he left on the table was missing.

“The complainant stated that all three suspects are possibly associated with the “Old Valley Gang,” the report states.