Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Gets 37 Months in Truck Theft Operation; PUBLIC SAFETY

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Gets 37 Months in Truck Theft Operation; PUBLIC SAFETY

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EAST ST. LOUIS A man involved in a Metro East area ring that stole, cut up and scrapped tractor-trailers and sold or scrapped their contents was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison.

Walter Lee Brown was a driver who had been recruited to help steal the rigs, he admitted in court. He also admitted stealing a tractor-trailer loaded with $130,000 worth of scrap copper wire from a transportation company in East St. Louis on Feb. 12 and taking it to a nearby scrap yard. His co-conspirators then took bundles of the wire elsewhere either to stash it or prepare to burn off the insulation so the wire could be sold for scrap, his plea agreement says.

Brown was indicted in June on a single count of conspiracy to transport a stolen motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 17, and a month later prosecutors charged 11 others, alleging that the group had planned and executed a series of thefts of tractor-trailers or their loads.

Brown was one of two drivers recruited by Harold M. …

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