Trio charged in aluminum theft

First Posted: 2/28/2009

Three local men are accused of felony charges stemming from the theft of aluminum scrap metal valued at $19,000 from a Winston-Salem industry and a stakeout by police.
Winston-Salem officers had a surveillance operation under way Friday at BE Aerospace at 1455 Fairchild Road, a company that manufactures aircraft seats.
They saw three men arrive in a pickup with a trailer about 3:30 a.m., according to reports from police. Officers witnessed the trio allegedly loading scrap metal into the trailer.
Police subsequently arrested Jimmy Lee Phillips, 39, of Mount Airy; Joshua Lane Collins, 29, also of Mount Airy; and Bobby Lee Mills, 40, of Pilot Mountain. In addition to the stolen aluminum, methamphetamine and guns were recovered during a search of the pickup, police said.
The men are accused of stealing about 3,000 pounds of scrap metal.
Phillips was charged with felonious breaking and entering, two counts of felonious larceny, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.
Collins and Mills were each charged with two counts of felonious larceny.
All three men were released under $15,000 bonds. Their court date was not available.

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