TAMPA — A Riverview man is accused of stealing brass bars used as brake pads for roller coasters at Busch Gardens and trying to sell them as scrap to a recycler, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Richard Macbay, 36, was spotted July 29 by detectives and deputies at Patriot Metals recycling in Gibstonton trying to sell in 97 pounds of brass bars, according to deputies. Deputies were at the scrap on a routine check.
Macbay told deputies he was worked at Busch Gardens and took the scrap metal from his job with permission, deputies said. Macbay is listed as a roller coaster mechanic on the Hillsborough County Jail's website.
Deputies later learned that Macbay had stolen the brass bars and turned them over to the recycler without permission, deputies said. The material was valued at $1,100. Macbay took the brass bars from the shop and not from the coasters, deputies said.
Macbay faces charges of dealing in stolen property, false information on secondary metals recycling and third-degree grand theft. He was released on $19,000 bail.
In an unrelated case, detectives also arrested 49-year-old William Alfred Dickens of Riverview on charges of providing false information on secondary metals recycling and dealing in stolen property.
Detectives were investigating several suspicious metal transactions conducted by Dickens throughout July at Patriot metals. In each case, Dickens turned in brand new copper tubing that had been cut into sections, deputies said.
On July 28, deputies went to 13813 Hillcrest Drive to interview Dickens, deputies said. They figured out that the metal had been stolen from his employer, Jadeco, and stored at a Sarasota County construction site.
He told deputies he took the metal after hours and cut it up in Riverview, deputies said. He was released from on $15,000 bail.