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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Hope man and teenager accused of stealing about $3,000 worth of steel from a Columbus business were arrested Tuesday when scrap yard workers alerted authorities.
Kevin E. Hull, 23, and a 17-year-old boy allegedly took the steal around noon Tuesday from the Flambeau Inc. plant on Middle Road.
Flambeau employees told police that two men in a pickup truck took the steel that was next to the building and left the area, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. They provided police with descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.
Officers searched the area and notified scrap yards to be on the lookout for the vehicle. Employees at The Kroot Corp. contacted police when a vehicle and suspects matching the descriptions arrived at the scrap yard on State Street.
The suspects told police that they had permission to take the steel, Myers said. They gave a name of a person who they said allowed them to take the steel, but police determined no one with the name worked at Flambeau.
Hull was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of theft, a Class D felony. The teenager was taken to juvenile detention at the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center on a juvenile charge of theft.
Myers said police have a working relationship with scrap yards, and that employees at the yards will contact police to report suspicious activity.
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