Stealing and selling scrap backfires on local man 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Stealing from a local mill and selling to a local scrap yard owner got a local man in trouble earlier this week.

James R. Gibson, 43, of the 200 block of Rice Rd., Minden, was arrested Monday by Webster Parish Sheriff’s investigators T.D. Kemp Jr. and Marvin Garrett and charged with felony theft.

Sheriff Jason Parker said the two investigators took a report from a local businessman in reference to the theft of several loads of scrap iron from his mill location on Hwy. 528.

“The owner of another scrap business contacted investigators after the victim positively identified items at the scrap yard that were hauled away from his property on Hwy. 528,” Parker said. “The scrap business owner identified Gibson as the one who sold him this particular scrap iron on numerous occasions recently.”

While investigators were at the scrap yard, Gibson returned with another load of the victim’s scrap iron.

“After the transaction was completed, Gibson was taken into custody,” said the sheriff. “He confessed he had been on the property six to eight times and had stolen iron from the mill. The scrap yard owner said he paid Gibson in excess of a thousand dollars over the last two or three weeks.”

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