Two charged for scrap metal theft spree

By Sherea Harris

Birmingham, AL (WBRC)  - Jefferson County's street crime unit arrests two siblings in what authorities call a large scale crime spree.

A tip led authorities to brothers, Thomas and Donald King.
Authorities say they targeted up to ten businesses over a 2-week period.

They allegedly stole iron, steel, and stainless steel and sold it to scrap yards.   

American Refuler Equipment Company is one of the victims. This is the fourth time in two years someone has stolen scrap metal and copper from business.

The owner is now taking other precautions to keep thieves out.

"We'll get the cameras, and mount the cameras. Hopefully, that will take care of the problem," said Malcom Pledger. "If it doesn't we'll probably go to rottweilers."

Authorities say iron and steel are worth a lot more which has led to a spike in thefts in Jerferson County.

The stolen goods totaled nearly $100,000.

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