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Christopher Warnicke, Jason Smith charged with stealing trailers, reselling as scrap

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 12:50:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 10:37:19 PM CDT
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A recycling company executive and trucking employee are both charged with stealing and reselling 31 tractor trailers worth $1.2 million over the past 15 months.

The two men set up a scheme where Jason Smith, 37, an employee of W.W. Transport, would steal bulk trailers from his employer and take them to Fatzin Recycling where they'd be broken down and sold for scrap, police said.

A police investigation showed that a total of 31 trailers -- 29 from W.W. Transport of Burlington, Iowa, and two from InterCoastal Trucking in Upper Mount Bethel -- were stolen between April 2012 and July 2013.

Police said 38-year-old Christopher Warnicke, president of Fatzin Recycling of Warren, N.J., directed the theft of the trailers, and ordered that they be broken down.

The aluminum derived from the trailers would be taken By Fatzin and sold as scrap metal at a different metal recycling processor, police said.

The total value of the 31 trailers is approximately $1.2 million.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Smith and Warnicke on Wednesday.

Smith was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft. He has not yet been arraigned.

Warnicke was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft and racketeering. He was arrested Wednesday.

He was taken to the Northampton County Prison under $50,000 straight bail.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Trooper Johnson at 610-759-6106.