Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Apollo Beach man accused of stealing $20,000 worth of metal

TAMPA — Deputies arrested a south Hillsborough man Thursday for selling thousands of dollars worth of stolen metal to a scrap yard, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

John Costa, 31, of Apollo Beach, stole more than $20,000 worth of metal from his employer, an arrest report shows, and sold some of it to a scrap yard for about $8,000. Deputies discovered the metal was stolen, and Costa admitted to the theft.

Costa faces one count of grant theft, another count for providing false information to a scrap metal yard and 16 counts of dealing in stolen property.

Costa also faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance because deputies said he had oxycodone in his pocket.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail on Friday.

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