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TBI busts Rutherford County scrap metal ring

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Joey Black (top photo), of Lascassas, Clint Michael Polesec (middle photo), of Murfreesboro, and Michael Wayne Harris (bottom photo), of Christiana.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested three individuals Thursday on charges related to stealing scrap metal from the Rutherford County landfill and selling it for personal profit.
Earlier this week, a Rutherford County grand jury indicted 43-year-old Joey Black, of Lascassas, 39-year-old Clint Michael Polesec, of Murfreesboro, and 45-year-old Michael Wayne Harris, of Christiana, with one count each of theft over $1,000 and conspiracy to commit theft.

Black and Polesec were also indicted for official misconduct, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation press release.
Harris owns a company by the name of Dumpsters Unlimited. At the time, Polesec and Black worked for the Rutherford County Landfill operating heavy machinery that moves and buries waste when the thefts allegedly occurred.

Harris is accused of entering into an agreement with Black and Polesec to have them load scrap metal using county equipment from the mound into a Dumpster Unlimited dumpster left at the site.

Once Black and Polesec filled the dumpster with scrap metal, law enforcement officials said Harris would take the metal to be recycled. The money Harris received from the recycling, he split with Black and Polesec.

Black and Polesec were terminated from their jobs with the landfill in October 2012.

The 16th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate the case in August of 2012.
Harris, Black and Polesec were booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $2,500 bond each.

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February 08, 2013 at 1:15pm
I thought that one of the goals of the County was to keep metal out of the landfill by recycling it????
February 09, 2013 at 3:37am
I can see how these people could be faulted for using county-owned machinery to do this metal salvaging task, but the outcome noted by this story seems absurd. If they were making a profit by recycling metal materials which had already been THROWN AWAY, and were in the queue for permanent burial in our local landfill, is there really THAT much wrong with that?

It would seem that those law officials who were investigating this apparent crime would have far bigger fish to fry, to coin the phrase.
February 11, 2013 at 12:16am
THANK YOU AtypicalMale. I skimmed the article and missed the part about them "stealing" it from the trash pile(landfill). This is one of those "too much time on their hands" for the cops.
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