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Orem police: Not-so-bright metal thief quickly arrested

Published June 19, 2012 1:07 pm

Evidence sticking out • 12-foot beams dangling from car's back seat, but at least they were flagged.
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Ever try to hide four stolen 12-foot-long aluminum beams inside a four-door sedan?

Orem police Sgt. Craig Martinez says it just doesn't work, as a rather clueless would-be metal thief found out this week.

The beams were reported stolen Monday morning from a construction site at 50 South and 1200 West by a motorist who reportedly confronted the suspect about taking the items. He was gruffly told to mind his own business before the alleged thief drove off — with the beams bouncing outside his rear passenger window.

Police had little trouble locating the suspect and his vehicle, about a mile down the road from the construction site. His car was parked, the metal still sticking out of the back seat, at the NCR Recycling Yard — where he allegedly planned to attempt selling the beams for scrap.

The 49-year-old man was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant, in addition to a new expected charge of misdemeanor theft.

The suspect thought to tie a red flag on the end of the protruding metal, as required with long, protruding loads.

"I guess he was trying to be at least semi-law abiding," Martinez said Tuesday.

remims@sltrib.com