TAMPA — Four people suspected of stealing $120,000 in brass from local businesses to sell to scrapyards have been arrested, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said.
Matthew Davis, 24, and Louis Cappello, 29, both of Tampa, appear on a surveillance video selling 500 pounds of brass impellers and other parts to IMRC scrap recyclers, the Sheriff's Office said. IMRC paid the men $848 for the parts.
On the morning of Aug. 22, someone removed the sliding fence at Industrial & Marine Maintenance at 5511 S 24th Ave., cut the padlocks on containers and stole $20,000 worth of brass and steel parts, deputies said.
Two days later, Cappello and his girlfriend, Marissa L. Reagan, 21, of Riverview, sold 700 pounds of brass in Polk County, investigators said.
Cappello drove the same truck to both sales, according to deputies.
Cappello and Davis also teamed up with Nathan J. Hondrellis, 22, on Wednesday to enter Padgett Swann at 5103 36th Ave. SE and remove more than $100,000 worth of brass propellers from boats, the Sheriff's Office said.
Hondrellis rented a U-Haul truck that investigators said was used to move the stolen parts to one of their homes. Deputies recovered the stolen propellers.
Cappello and Hondrellis were charged with burglary, grand theft over $100,000 and dealing in stolen property. Reagan was charged with dealing in stolen property. Davis was charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft, violation of probation, driving with a suspended license and three counts of driving with a suspended license habitual traffic offender.
They were taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on Wednesday.
Hondrellis of Tampa was released Thursday afternoon on $5,000 bail. His father, towing company operator George Hondrellis, was indicted in June along with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White on federal bribery and conspiracy charges.
Federal prosecutors say White and his late father, Gerald White, schemed to take $8,000 in bribes and a 2003 Lincoln Navigator from three men, one of whom was George Hondrellis.