Eight arrested in scrap metal investigation

Garrett Buckles
Garrett Buckles

Deputies with the York County Sheriff's Office arrested eight people after a month-long investigation targeting scrap metal businesses.

All eight arrested were employed by scrap metal businesses in the county:

  • John Robert Snipes, 61
  • John M. Snipes, 28
  • Suzanna Wright, 30
  • Johnny Young, 58
  • Deborah Barnes, 52
  • Garrett Buckles, 24
  • Darius McCullough, 32
  • John Chappell, 43

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Risky Business", was conducted from August 6th through September 17th and its purpose was to ensure all licensed scrap metal businesses were in compliance with the laws regarding the purchase of nonferrous metals.

"Operation Risky Business" was also to combat the increase in larceny of metals being sold as scrap. Investigators say intelligence data showed $464,578 worth of scrap metal was stolen in York County since September 2011.

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