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Metal too heavy for alleged thief

Man arrested for grand theft scrap

Posted: August 26, 2009 5:53 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2009 6:06 p.m.
 
Deputies were called to the area of The Old Road and Sierra Highway near a construction area for the expansion project of State Route 14 (the Antelope Valley freeway) early Wednesday morning.

The caller stated a man had entered a fenced construction area with a truck pulling a box trailer and was stealing large quantities of scrap steel from the job site.

The caller added the alleged thief had attempted to drive away with the steel and got his truck stuck in the dirt due to the weight of the steel.

The man then attempted to unload some of the steel in an effort to free his truck. He was successful for a moment, but then the truck got stuck a second time.

The man had nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. When deputies arrived at the scene the man was attempting to unhitch the trailer in an apparent attempt to get away.

The deputies quickly arrested the man, Chris Fuller, MW/46, of San Pedro, on felony charges of grand theft. The suspect was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station where he is now stuck waiting for a court appearance. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Deputies estimate the steel the suspect was in the process of stealing had a recyclable value of $500 and weighed approximately 1,000 pounds. The suspect's truck and trailer were impounded.

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