Lufkin man allegedly steals approximately 30K pounds of scrap metal

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 37-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly stealing approximately 30,000 pounds of scrap metal from his former employer, City Scrap, and selling it to other East Texas scrap metal businesses.

Kevin Bryan Trevathan, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000 Tuesday. He posted a bail of $2,000 and was released later that day.

According to the arrest affidavit, the owner of City Scrap contacted the Lufkin Police Department to report that one of his employees had been stealing scrap metal from his business. He told detectives that on Nov. 14, 2012, he sent Trevathan in one of City Scrap's trucks to a competitor to have his empty truck weighed, loaded with pieces of cast iron, and then weighed again. The loaded weight was 82,760 pound. The owner stated the missing scrap iron from that load was valued at about $2,880.

When the owner sent Trevathan to Tyler Pipe the next day to have it unloaded, the truck only weighed 63,920, a difference of 18,840 pounds. The affidavit said Trevathan allegedly told his boss that the scales at Tyler Pipe were off.

However, when the LPD detective contacted Tyler Pipe, one of their employees provided him with a certificate of inspection showing that the scales were working correctly. Review of the company's records showed that Trevathan made five other trips to Tyler Pipe in November 2012. On each of the trips, his loaded weight was virtually the same as his sixth trip, minus the weight of the diesel fuel and the driver. In addition, the truck's empty weight on Nov. 15, 2012 was the same empty weight as the other five trips.

The owner also told LPD detectives that he had discovered large amounts of stainless steel, brass, and lead turn up missing at his scrap yard and that he had found that Trevathan had sold the same types of metal to East Texas Recycling.

When the LPD detective talked to people at East Texas Recycling, he learned that Trevathan had sold them 6,300 pounds of cast iron to them on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 2012. On Dec. 5, he allegedly sold them 469 pounds of lead. Then, on Dec. 11, he allegedly sold them 42 pounds of brass.

The LPD detective took pictures of the stainless steel pieces still at East Texas Recycling and compared them to pieces still at City Scrap. The owner of City Scrap said that all total, the missing metal that Trevathan allegedly stole was valued at $3,321.60.

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