Brothers arrested for stealing nearly $100,000 in scrap metal
Thomas King (left) and Donald King (photos source Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has arrested two brothers suspected in a large-scale scrap metal theft spree.
The sheriff's department, in a statement Friday to FOX6 News, said Donald James King, 23, of Blountsville, and Thomas Jeffrey King, 25, of Birmingham, were arrested Thursday. Donald King was arrested in Blount County around 9 p.m. and Thomas King was arrested earlier in the evening at an apartment in Center Point.
Detectives investigating several large-scale scrap metal thefts in northeast Jefferson County during the past two weeks identified the brothers as suspects earlier in the week. Investigators said the scrap metal, stolen from businesses with iron, steel, and stainless steel, was valued at close to $100,000.
The sheriff's department said a good portion of the stolen metal was recovered from where it was sold to area scrap dealers and returned to the businesses where it was stolen.