Donnelley Employee Arrested for Metals Theft

MATTOON, IL—An RR Donnelley employee was arrested and charged with theft for allegedly stealing around 140,000 pounds of copper-aluminum sheeting during the course of a three-year period and covering it up, the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reported.

Wallace Sanders, 55, was accused of robbing about $60,000 worth of sheeting and altering company records to cover up the thefts. The arrest resulted from a Coles County Sheriff’s Office investigation into thefts at the printing plant. The office said that other people will be charged with theft, as well.

Sanders worked alone during late-night and weekend shifts at the facility. He allegedly swiped 1,100 pounds of the metal per week between July 2008 and July of 2011.

A plant supervisor discovered an allegedly altered record on a photocopier and noted a 2,300-pound discrepancy between what the record showed and how much sheeting was loaded to be shipped for recycling, the paper said.

Sanders faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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