ROCKVILLE, Md. — Three men have been arrested in connection with theft of over $400,000 in scrap metal in Montgomery County.
The suspects, 51-year-old Anthony Coles, of Edgewood; 69-year-old Larry Beasley, of Baltimore; and 31-year-old Raymond Mason, Jr., also of Baltimore, have all been charged with the following:
- Theft over $100,000
- Theft Scheme over $100,000
- Conspiracy to Commit a Theft Scheme
According to the preliminary investigation, the scrap metal theft happened between March and May 2019. The victim, Atlantic Recycling Group, reported in June that they suspected employees associated with the company hired to transport the scrap metal from Rockville to the Port of Baltimore, Bmore Transport, was stealing metal prior to delivery.
The alleged theft was uncovered when the victim learned that the cargo containers were arriving at foreign destinations vastly underweight compared to the original weight totals. The estimated value of the missing scrap metal is $425,000.
Coles and Beasley were arrested on November 5 and transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center. Beasley was released on his own recognizance and Coles was released after posting $15,000 bond.
Mason was arrested Friday morning and was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Center pending a hearing with a court commissioner.
This case is still under investigation.