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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

Director of Communications 
News Date: 12/23/2010 

 Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives make arrests in metal theft ring operating out of Ft. Meade 

During the months of September through December of 2010 several thousand pounds of mine material were sold at Gregco Recycling in Lakeland, FL.  The majority of the material was high grade stainless steel common to the mining industry.

As a result of this high volume of sales by private individuals, representatives of Gregco Recycling contacted the Sheriff's Office.  Working with PCSO detectives, each time an individual would sell suspected mine materials; representatives of Gregco Recycling would contact detectives and set aside the materials for inspection.  Photographs and scrap transaction records were obtained for each separate transaction. 

An inspection of the materials determined the stainless steel items were from the phosphate mining industry.  Detectives knew from experience that the local mining industry does not give metal materials away to private individuals.  Based on the large volume of materials, detectives contacted representatives of Mosaic Incorporated and informed them of the transactions. 

Mosaic representatives positively identified the materials as property used solely by Mosaic Incorporated, coming from various demolition sites throughout Polk County, Florida. 

Further investigation revealed the materials had been stolen from the property of Southern Salvage at 516 4th Street, Ft. Meade, Florida.  A representative of Southern Salvage, working with deputies and Gregco Recycling Incorporated, positively identified all of the stainless steel materials as property of Southern Salvage--all of the materials had at one time been stored on the fenced property of Southern Salvage and were dismantled materials from demolition sites owned and operated by Mosaic Incorporated (Southern Salvage was contracted to do the work by Mosaic).  The materials were identified based on markings placed on the stainless steel materials by Southern Salvage employees.  The materials were marked based on the grade and type of stainless steel. 

Scrap transaction tickets from the multiple transactions revealed that nine (9) separate people sold thousand pounds of stolen stainless steel to Gregco Recycling Incorporated over the last several months.  Investigation revealed these individuals  have all been linked together as being involved in an organized course of conduct with the intent to defraud both victims (Southern Salvage Incorporated and Gregco Recycling Incorporated) and with the intent to obtain property and monetary gain from the victims by false and fraudulent pretenses and representations. 

The following suspects were arrested on December 23, 2010 (all addresses are last known or those that appear on their drivers license).  Each have been charged with Scheming to Defraud (F3), Dealing in Stolen Property (F2), and Grand Theft (F3).  The suspects will also be charged subsequently with Defrauding a Second Hand Metal Recycler. 

Melvin Eugene Clark, DOB 09/25/1984, 211 SE 8TH STREET, FORT MEADE 

Estrana Clemtina Stephens, 04/13/1975, 915 N IOWA AVE APT 1 LAKELAND 

Ellis Ford Jr., 05/29/1978, 820 5TH AVENUE, BARTOW 

Jametris Brown, 11/22/1991, 109 SE 7TH Street, Fort Meade 

Derrike Jacob Simpson, 07/29/1990, 640 Alice Place, Bartow 

Also arrested were: 

Donnovan Maurice Beckford, DOB 05/16/1972, 616 Pine Avenue, Fort Meade, charged with Grand Theft 

Lorenza Nathan West, DOB 05/24/1971, 714 South Seminole Ave, Fort Meade, charged with Burglary and Grand Theft 

Detectives are looking for the following suspects  - all have outstanding warrants for their arrest for Scheming to Defraud.  If anyone knows there whereabouts they are encouraged to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6299 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).  If you call Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.  Anonymity is guaranteed!


Kenrum Deveda Mosley, DOB 08/12/1973, 1225 E GAY STREET, BARTOW

Andre McKinnsey Jones, DOB 11/28/1973, 7802 RIVER RESORT LN APT G, TAMPA

Kentyua Deshane Goodson, DOB 12/29/1974, 1805 REYNOLDS ROAD LOT 17, LAKELAND

Chanell Yuvon Johnson, DOB 12/18/1986, 720 GRADY LANE, LAKELAND