Scrap metal by the truckloads.
That's what someone stole from a local auto recycling business.
It happened at Olston's Auto Recyclers in the early morning hours of June 26th. Surveillance video shows the sole suspect spending hours collecting as many as 30 tire rims and 70 radiators from the scrap bins.
LPD Officer Shane Winterbauer says, "From video, we can tell that he would load up a couple of carts and push them to where he had made entry through the paneling in the fence and then return and continue this process for approximately four hours."
He was able to get away with $600 worth of parts.
Owner Jim Olston says it was a masked man who stole his auto parts. "When somebody steals it, it's just like if they stole new stuff, it's no different. A crook is a crook. It takes the profit right out of our bottom line when people do that."
Both Lincoln Police and Jim Olston agree that just by watching the video, they're able to tell that this isn't the suspect's first time attempting something like this. "It's believed that this suspect probably has done this in the past due to him having knowledge of where to locate these items," said Winterbauer.
Olston says most all of the parts have the letter P and a series of numbers written on them. It's an organizational tool but also a proactive approach to a theft that's hard to predict. "There's not much we can do, if they want to steal," said Olston. "We'll catch them eventually. Hopefully we'll catch them or the Police will catch them."
If you know anything about this case, call Crimestoppers at 475-3600.