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Detectives recover 30,000 in stolen metal

August 06, 2008 00:00



On Monday, August 4, 2008, at about 10:30 am, Northeast Precinct officers arrested 28-year-old Donald Milford and 19-year-old Derek Mayfield on two counts each on Theft in the First Degree by Receiving. The arrests came after officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at Metro Recycling located in the 5600 block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard. The business called police because the suspects brought in 300 pounds of cut up brass that included pieces of a brass statue. The statue appeared similar to one that had been reported stolen in Vancouver, Washington.

Officers arrived and also observed what appeared to be several cut up brass vases. The suspects were transported to Northeast Precinct where they were interviewed by a detective and then booked into the Justice Center Jail. During the subsequent investigation, detectives determined that the vases were a small portion of the more than 150 brass vases taken in an unreported theft from a cemetery in Vancouver, Washington. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008, detectives from Northeast Precinct and investigators from the Clark County Sheriff’s office re-contacted the suspects at a residence in Orchards, Washington, where they recovered approximately 150 brass vases stolen from the cemetery and a brass memorial plaque stolen in an unreported theft from a Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington. Investigators from the Clark County Sheriff’s Officer then arrested the suspects on additional charges.

Prior to its destruction, the statue had a reported value of approximately $8,000. The brass vases stolen from the cemetery are valued at $375 each. The suspects would have received a few hundred dollars after cutting up and selling the brass as scrap. Detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are continuing this investigation.



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