Man accused in thefts from recycling center

La. native suspected of stealing copper, steel, brass



A Louisiana man jailed on grand larceny and commercial burglary charges is accused of stealing items from a recycling company and selling them at Alabama scrap yards, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Allen Lance Lewis, 41, a native of Baton Rouge, was arrested Wednesday and charged with commercial burglary and grand larceny.

“We’ve been investigating these thefts for a month,” Byrd said. “We feel like other people are involved in this.”

Other arrests are expected.

Lewis and others are suspected of stealing copper, stainless steel, brass and catalytic convertors from ABC Recycling on Orange Grove Road in Moss Point.

The stolen items later were traced to Alabama scrap yards, where they’d been sold.

At the time of his arrest, Lewis was wanted on felony larceny arrests through the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis listed his home address on Wesson Street in Baton Rouge, though sheriff’s deputies said he actually was homeless and living on the streets in the Moss Point area at the time of his arrest.

Lewis is jailed in Jackson County, with a hold placed on him for Louisiana authorities.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone with information about the thefts to call 769-3063.

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