Employees From Two Metal Recycling Centers Arrested and Charged
Two employees from Schnitzer Recycling at 905 Lower Poplar Street and an employee from KT Recycling on Jeffersonville Road were arrested after they failed to comply with the new metal recycling laws.
Investigators say they arrested and charged the employees with violating the Georgia Metal Laws of purchasing a coil without proper documentation. These are the first arrests to happen since the new laws went into effect on July 1 and investigators say they do these under cover stints to help the people of Macon.
"We're trying to protect the city businesses and the residents in the city of the high costs when it comes to these copper thieves mainly when its the A-C units of commercial businesses or their house,” Lt. David Freeland said. “We're just hoping they'll be on board with us and help us more here in the future."
Investigators said the employees arrested may have been confused on the new laws but say business owners and employees can always contact them if they're uncertain about anything.
Freeland said other recycling centers in the area investigators looked at passed the compliance test.