FCSO arrest two attempting to steal and sell scrap metal

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) report the arrest of two men attempting to steal and sell scrap metal.

Deputies responded to a call of flashlights being seen on the property of the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Department.

The call was received around 4:20 a.m. on January 29.

Less than 24 hours before 3 individuals were arrested at that same location.

A Deputy found two men on foot and two vehicles parked with lights off and engines running.

Both men told the Deputy that they believed the metal was free and they planned to sell it.

The general manager of the property was called and told authorities that no one had permission to be on the county property and load metal.

After the manager estimated that the two men had approximately $2,500 worth of scrap metal in their vehicles.

The men were also found to be in possession of power tools and narcotics and paraphernalia.

Paul Leonard of Gainesville and Josh Smith of Broad Run have both been placed behind metal bars in the Fauquier Adult Detention Center.

The men have been charged with Grand Larceny, possession of controlled paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools and Petit larceny respectively.

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