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New scrap metal rules help nab alleged Kingman thief

March 26, 2014

The state's new requirements for scrap metal recyclers paid dividends last week when a Kingman man was arrested after deputies located items he allegedly stole from a property in Fort Rock east of the city.

Barry Guy Gaston, 54, reportedly admitted to taking three transmission bodies, drive shafts, iron, steel pipe and gears and sprockets from the property, but he denied cutting down about 15 feet of fencing to gain access.

The investigation began March 19 when Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary report at a property roughly 10 miles south of Interstate 40 at Knight Creek Road.

On March 20, deputies responded to a recycling business in Kingman and located some of the stolen items.

The owner identified the property as his.

Gaston was arrested at a home in the 2400 block of Louise Avenue Friday night.

During conversations with deputies, Gaston reportedly said he took the items and brought them to the recycling center and that "the area is common for scrapping."

Recyclers must identify and photograph people who sell them scrap material. The new laws that were put in place last year are designed to deter thieves.


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