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Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue

Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue

Three people connected to the theft of more than 321,000 pounds of stolen metal have pleaded guilty in a scheme with tentacles reaching from a scrap metal dealer in West Baltimore to companies in Pittsburgh, New York, Switzerland, India and Australia.

It began with a truck chassis loaded with shipping containers filled with nickel briquettes and a metal called ferrochrome, stolen last year from a nondescript warehouse by people who cut through a fence and used forklifts and front-end loaders to take the heavy containers.

But this was not ordinary metal heist, such as

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