More stolen pallets recovered

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: January 18, 2013 11:54 am ET
Updated: January 21, 2013 11:27 am ET

Related to this story

Topics United States, Building/construction, Pallets, Pallets/skids/materials handling

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF. -- An industrial plastic theft task force confiscated 320 stolen U.S. Postal Service pallets, a granulator and a forklift in a Jan. 16 raid on a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., warehouse in San Bernardino County.

The plastic products had an estimated value of more than $24,000.

"One pallet was being cut up and primed to be sold" in pellet form, said Sgt. Nabeel Mitry, task force supervisor.

In Rancho Cucamonga, task force investigators arrested a 45-year-old man whom Mitry identified as the operation's leader, the man's 25-year-old son and another worker, age 30. They were charged with possession of known stolen property.

The apprehensions stemmed from an earlier, lengthy investigation that led to the Jan. 2 arrest of nine people and confiscation of stolen, trademarked plastic products worth more than $115,000 at locations in South El Monte and Lynwood.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deploys members of the task force from a department substation in the City of Industry.

City of Industry began funding the five-person force in September 2011 and may consider extending financial support that is now nearly exhausted.

The imminent lack of funding threatens the effort.

"If the task force breaks up," Mitry said, "the problem will go right back to what it was. We have invested a lot in this program."

The task force has recovered stolen, trademarked products with a value of $6.7 million, arrested 65 individuals and shut down 28 locations stowing, grinding and priming the stolen products for sale.


Comments

More stolen pallets recovered

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: January 18, 2013 11:54 am ET
Updated: January 21, 2013 11:27 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Coca-Cola sustainability report highlights PlantBottle usage

October 1, 2014 12:47 pm ET

Coca-Cola Co. has now distributed more than 25 billion PlantBottles since their introduction five years ago.    More

Image

Genova Plastics to spend $4.9 million on new Kentucky plant

October 1, 2014 4:35 pm ET

Vinyl plumbing and building materials maker Genova Plastics of Davison, Mich., will invest $4.9 million to renovate a factory in Paducah, Ky., as...    More

Image

Canadian plastics officials help with shoreline cleanup

October 1, 2014 2:35 pm ET

What's the plastics industry doing about litter? It's a good question, and given the political battles taking place around the world about product...    More

Image

OptiLedge taking Ikea's pallet replacement system to the next level

October 1, 2014 11:49 am ET

OptiLedge LLC is taking Ikea's plastic alternative to the traditional wooden pallet to the next level, making and marketing them globally.    More

Image

Blow molding machinery maker opens first plant in Taiwan

October 1, 2014 1:27 pm ET

Taiwanese equipment maker Kin Precision Industry Co. Ltd. has opened a 2,000-square-meter, 25-employee factory in Taichung, Taiwan, with an eye to con...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events