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Four men charged in Mount Airy scrap metal theft

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that deputies arrested four men in the theft of scrap metal in Mount Airy this week.

Police said Travis Waddell, 19,  Branden Battle, 19, and Adam Nicholas Toth, 22, all from Mount Airy; and Dwayne Douglas Frazier, 32, of Boyds, were each charged with trespassing and theft.

In addition, Waddell was charged with possession of marijuana.

The Sheriff's Office said that on Thursday, Nov. 1, at about 1:45 p.m., deputies were called to the 5800 block of Bethel Road in Mount Airy to investigate a theft complaint.

The property owner told investigators she heard her dogs barking outside and went to the window, where she saw four men loading scrap metal from the property into a white Ford Ranger truck. She confronted them, and they unloaded some of the scrap metal — then fled.

The owner provided the deputies with the truck’s tag number, which led to the suspects.

Deputies responded to a home in the 7800 block of East Hill Road near Mount Airy and confronted the suspects, and deputies said they learned that the suspects had sold the scrap metal to a processing company. The Sheriff's Office contacted the processing company placed a hold on the property.

During the interview of Waddell, deputies detected the odor of marijuana, he voluntarily surrendered approximately 28 grams of marijuana.

All four suspects were issued criminal citations, with a dourt date to be assigned later.  The Sheriff’s Office investigation continues, and anyone with information may call Detective Chris Youman at 410-386-2900, or the toll free anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

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