URBANA — A Tolono man who allegedly stole steel from a Champaign construction site turned himself in to Urbana police Thursday.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said his department was looking for Dale Stump, 45, in connection with the theft of steel beams that happened in January from a construction site in the 100 block of East Green Street in Champaign.
Seraphin said about 10 p.m. on Jan. 14, a woman living in the 1200 block of East Michigan Avenue, Urbana, told police that a man driving a dark-colored pickup truck had knocked on her door. When she answered, he told her he was in the wrong place.
Thinking that was suspicious, the woman called police and Officer Shaun Cook located Stump in a truck in that area. Seraphin said Stump does not have a valid driver's license.
In the bed of the truck were about 10 pieces of 8-feet steel beams and tubes, along with multiple receipts from Twin City Recycling.
Seraphin said in light of recent copper and other metal thefts, the police temporarily seized the truck and began investigating.
"It took a while to piece this together," said Seraphin, adding that Stump apparently learned through Crimestoppers that he was wanted for theft and an unrelated forgery case.
Stump was expected to be formally charged later Friday.