Police arrest three in Tampa scrap metal sting

TAMPA — Three people employed at local scrap metal salvage businesses were arrested Thursday in a police sting.

An undercover officer went to Sedca Scrap, at 4722 N Lois Ave., and World Wide Scrap Metal, at 4315 W Alva St., about 9 a.m. trying to sell metal that seemed obviously taken from CSX railroad property.

The businesses were willing to buy the stolen goods, and as a result police arrested Manual Hernandez Rodriguez, 53, from Sedca Scrap, and Andres Valencia Suarez, 25, and Rodigo Delgado, 29, from World Wide Scrap.

The men face charges of dealing in stolen property and were booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. Valencia Suarez also was charged with giving false information, and Rodriguez with petty theft. They were released on bail of $9,500 and $7,500.

Rodriguez remained in jail Friday morning in lieu of $7,750 bail.

Detectives also discovered that a second World Wide Scrap location at Linebaugh Avenue and Anderson Road had 30,000 pounds of CSX railroad metal. Details were not yet available.

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Police arrest three in Tampa scrap metal sting 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 1:07pm]

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