Thieves cut a lock at an Acworth metal supplier over the weekend and used a semi truck to make off with a trailer load of scrap metal, according to a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office report.

According to the report:

Late Sunday afternoon, an employee of Thyssen Krupp Materials, 1500 Cherokee Parkway, Acworth called the sheriff’s office to report the theft, which was captured on the business’ security video cameras.

The video showed during the night a dark sedan pulling up to the business gate, cutting the locked chain holding it shut and opened the gate. The exact night the theft occurred was not stamped on the video, but deputies were told it occurred between Sept. 27-29.

The sedan was then pulled over to the business loading dock and parked for a time before leaving. Shortly afterward, an all-white semi truck with a sleeper cab entered the lot, backed up to a trailer, hooked it up and left with it.

According to a Thyssen Krupp supervisor the 53-foot trailer, which has a Newell Recycling logo on it, contained between 10 and 12 tons of scrap metal, including about 3,000 pounds of copper, which is a common target of thieves because of its high value.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker, the case remains under investigation. The trailer did not have a GPS tracker on it and the quality of the surveillance video was poor, he said.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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