Former employee accused of stealing copper from company

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former employee of a family-owned family business is behind bars after police say his handiwork temporarily shut down part of the company.

Surveillance video shows two men struggling to unhitch a 13-foot copper bar.

D &W Plating managers identified one of the men as former employee Quartez Vinson. Police say Vinson and an unidentified man stole the copper while others were hard at work feet away.

“To have them steal, it’s like a knife in the back,” said manager Allen Carlton.

The video shows the two men using a dolly to get the bar, which weighs about 200 pounds, to the door.

“Even though there are cameras, it’s like they didn’t even care about the cameras,” Carlton said.

There are dozens of cameras everywhere inside and outside of the building. Vinson is also believed to be the person spotted on surveillance video stealing from the company two other times.

The company believes the former employee started out stealing small pieces of metal here and there.

Carlton says the theft from the family-owned business really hurts.

“Somebody takes from the business. That’s taking from me. That could have been money for a raise,” said Carlton.

The stolen bar is part of a machine that helps treat metal in their factory.

It will cost about $2,500 to replace. It’s only worth a portion of that in scrap metal.

Vinson remains in jail on a $175,000 bond.

Police have not identified the other man involved. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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