February 13, 2007
Albany -- Copper and aluminum theft has become such a big problem in Albany that one Albany Police detective now does nothing but investigate those crimes.
That work paid off Monday when police recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.
Police showed off a big load of material stolen from people around Albany. Police confiscated five televisions, brand new air compressors, computers, and tools. Now they hope the rightful owners can get their belongings back.
"We want the people to see all this property and to identify it, and hopefully they're gonna have some type of documents that they can prove that the property belongs to them and contact the Albany Police Department, and we can return it back to them," said APD Lt. James Williams.
The work of the metal theft detective led police to arrest Willie James Sales. They then got a search warrant for his home on East Second Avenue. That's where they found the stolen property.
Police say Sales stripped many of the items down in the back yard and sold the metal to area recyclers.