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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 ripping copper downspouts off houses in upscale city neighborhoods. The value of the products stolen in this caper topped...

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