Metal worth $200,000 stolen

April 9, 2009 2:15:54 PM PDT
Police are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing metal worth $200,000.It happened at Superior Tube where there was an incredible breach of security not once, but twice.

"I don't think the people involved in this are aware of the magnitude and the value of the alloy that they stole," said Det. Michael Higgins of the Lower Providence Township Police.

The thief was caught on video as he entered the plant.

He simply picked up the phone, talked with someone inside and they opened the gate.

He did it twice; Once on March 27 and again on March 30th.

Once inside, he drove around to the rear of the building where scrap metal is stored.

The thief grabbed some scrap, but also loaded his truck with some crates left by the loading dock.

He may have been after scrap metal, but inside those crates, a load of special alloy valued at more than $200,000.

Investigators are hoping someone recognizes the driver of the Chevy Silverado pickup.

It may be from out of state since there are no Pennsylvania inspection stickers on the windshield.

Superior says all of its employees are cooperating with the investigation although, police say, whoever opened the gate hasn't fessed up yet.

At this point, police don't believe it was an inside job, but a huge breach of security.

The metal taken is highly specialized, and there's no telling where it might have ended up.

Police say there aren't many options.

"There is only limited number of scrapyards that can handle that type of alloy," said Det. Higgins.

Lower Providence Police are hoping someone recognizes the driver of the pickup truck.

If you can help, they want to hear from you at 610-539-5900.

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