HAYTI, Mo. -- Four employees of Loxcreen of Hayti were recently arrested following an investigation surrounding aluminum theft from the facility.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Hayti investigators were contacted by an employee of Loxcreen in the Remelt division regarding scrap aluminum that was sold to Wilson's Recycling in Kennett.
Following the interviews of employees of Wilson's Recycling and Loxcreen, it was learned that there were four employees involved in the theft of the scrap aluminum, Andrew Abbot, 35, of Hayti Heights, Mo., Shawn Smith, 31, of Hayti, Donald Borders, 41, of Hayti, and Michael Richmond, 33, also of Hayti.
According to officers, one employee would pull his truck and trailer to the Remelt division where two other employees would load the trailer with scrap aluminum to sell to Wilson's.
An estimated 79,812 pounds of aluminum was stolen during an eight month period. The employees received a total of $58,889.40 for the metal, which would cost Loxcreen approximately $100,000 to replace.
On Monday, Dec. 15, Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Hazel formally charged the suspects with a class B felony of stealing over $25,000.
The four individuals were arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 16, and transported to the Pemiscot County Justice Center where they are each being held on a $100,000 cash surety bond.