Construction worker's actions help police in metal theft

Construction worker's actions help police in metal theft

URBANA — An alert construction worker helped police find at least one of the two men believed responsible for stealing several thousand dollars worth of metal belonging to a construction company.

University of Illinois police Lt. Matt Myrick said about 4 p.m. on Aug. 22, a truck pulled up at Fourth Street and St. Mary's Road in Champaign, where the extension of Fourth Street south to Windsor Road had officially opened several hours earlier.

"They had a 55-gallon drum with metal pins they use in construction that they had collected. These guys pulled up about 4 p.m., and loaded the drum into the back of the truck. A construction worker was still in the trailer and snapped a couple photos on his phone and called police right away," Myrick said.

Detective Gene Moore and Officer Chuck Hoskins then went to Mack's Twin City Recycling and learned that the metal pins, valued at $4,000, had been sold for scrap. Because scrappers have to present identification to the business, police developed Jeffrey Robinson, 52, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Church Street, Champaign, as a suspect.

Myrick said Hoskins was on patrol Thursday night when he spotted Robinson at a convenience store at Wright Street and University Avenue and arrested him for theft.

Myrick said police are still looking for the other man who was in the truck.

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