JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man has a Sept. 28 court date after police say he stole $93,000 worth of metal heat shields, then sold the metal for scrap.
Robert W. Jones, 41, of Jonesboro was arrested July 30 on suspicion of theft $25,000 or more after an investigation into the theft at Nestle.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the company did an internal investigation and found video of Jones on a forklift, moving a crate “that appears to have the heat seals inside of it with empty boxes on top.”
Jones drove the forklift down to where his truck was and other employees said they noticed something strange with his vehicle.
“Other employees noted that when he left work that day that the items which was supposed to be empty wood pieces in the bed of his truck, contained a substantial amount of weight making his truck set lower than it should,” the affidavit noted. “This also is captured on still shots, which also reflects his license plate number on his truck. He was asked to bring the wood pieces back and when he returns later on with the wood in the back, his truck it is now very noticeably lighter in the bed and does not have the same weight.”
Police later found out that Jones was selling the metal at scrap yards and discovered still shots of the stolen items, his driver’s license, along with a photo of himself, his signature and a thumb print, the affidavit noted. Police also believe the thefts happened at the company since 2015, the affidavit noted.
A $5,000 bond was set for Jones in the case.
In an incident report, JPD received a call from a Nestle employee around 3:50 p.m. on Monday, July 13, of a theft already occurred involving an employee.
A 41-year-old white male is suspected of using a blue Ford 2011 F-150 XLT pickup truck to haul off 100 pieces of ten-pound aluminum “metal heat seals,” valued at $93,000.