When he stole the metal worth $2.6m, that was plain simple but his intention to sell it on was another story.
Alan Verschleisser who works in a scrap yard, was arrested and charged because he was trying to sell the nickel and was charged under ‘possessing stolen goods from an international shipment’.
Rusty Davis, of Pittsburgh-based S.H. Bell, said “The shipping containers sat on top of trailers, and all the thieves had to do was cut a hole through a chain-link fence, hook up trucks to the chassis and drive away”.
“There’s a limited number of people that can use that nickel,” he said. Its owner “sent out an alert to the industry to be looking for any strange offers” Davis Added.