Omaha Crime Stoppers
Lakeside Auto Recyclers
2405 N. 14th St.
It's weighed, it's piled and then smashed and crushed. Scrap metal and cars come in by the tons to Lakeside Auto Recyclers every single day.
But they do more than collect and buy metal, they're also sometimes eyes and ears for Omaha police officer Bill Fell.
Officer Fell investigates scrap metal thefts.
"It's difficult to catch it at times," said Fell. "You will see the stacks in the back there that are enormous in size. There are four stories of steel back there that comes in on a weekly basis."
A case he's working on now didn't start at the yard, it started on the streets of Omaha. More than 10 manhole covers weighing close to 100 pounds each have recently been stolen.
It seems like an odd thing to steal, but in reality all metal is money. It's also added weight. Officer Fell said thieves stash manhole covers into their trucks under incoming scrap metal piles. Scrap metal is paid for by weight, so more weight equals more money.
Lakeside Auto Recyclers are a business that looks out for suspicious metals. But everyone can make a difference when it comes to stopping metal thefts.
"A lot of it is just being aware of who is in your neighborhood and report people who don't belong," said Officer Fell.
Taking a picture of valuable metal items goes a long way. This way if it ever gets stolen, you can send the image to police and scrap metal yards.
If you have any information on either of these cases call Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-7867.