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No one claiming reward for info on theft

By Staff | Oct 23, 2011

Despite a large cash reward, the phone isn’t ringing off the hook at the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office with tips about a recent break-in at an Elmore junk yard.

“We haven’t gotten any calls yet, but we are investigating it,” says Sheriff Mike Gormley.

Joe Sanders, the owner of J & J Recycling, says he hasn’t received any calls either since putting up a $2,000 cash reward.

“There are some people talking out there, but we need hard evidence or proof before we can go forward,” he says.

Chief Deputy Scott Adams says a deputy has been assigned to the case and has been conducting interviews.

Gormley says authorities do have some video that is of poor quality, but it is being reviewed.

An ad offering a $2,000 reward appeared in the Oct. 17 edition of the Register.

“You put up two grand, you hope there is someone out there who wants to make some honest money,” says Sanders.

According to an incident report from the sheriff’s office, the break-in occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and was reported two days later.

In all, it is estimated nearly $9,000 in scrap metal was taken.

A list compiled shows a lot of work may been needed to carry away the items.

Stolen were 50 to 60 pounds of catalytic converters with an estimated value of $5,000 to $6,000; 1,000 pounds of copper aluminum radiators valued at $1,400; and 300 to 400 pounds of No. 2 copper worth between $1,200 and $1,500.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (507) 526-7324 or J & J Recycling at (507) 943-3653.

The name of all callers will remain anonymous.