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Police: Scrap Metal Thieves Caught After Rail Yard Theft
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- Police officers caught three men in a rented truck with thousands of dollars worth of stolen rail yard metal in the back, according to investigators.
Matthew Shortland, Marcus Niemela, and John Gallicchio are charged with scrap metal theft and receiving stolen property after being pulled over in April in a Home Depot truck loaded with stolen railroad tie-down plates from the Norfolk Southern Railroad yard on Trabue Road.
The arrests come as new state laws are making it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen metal at scrap yards.
Scrap dealers are now required to obtain and keep records of photo IDs and license plate numbers from people attempting to sell metal.
The laws will get even tougher in 2014, when yard owners will be required to report all transactions to the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, along with a picture of the seller and a record of the weight of metal sold.
Shortland, Niemela, and Gallicchio are scheduled to return to court over the next several weeks.