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Business offers $1,000 reward in aluminum theft case after suspects caught on camera

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-20 22:29:27-04

The video above is surveillance footage from an alleged aluminum theft that occurred Friday in West Bountiful. There is no audio with the footage.

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah -- For the fourth time in five months, Ralph Smith Company in West Bountiful says they’ve been hit by aluminum thieves.

They say three men dismantled a fence and drove onto their property in a Chevy Suburban around 3 a.m. Friday. The vehicle is believed to be a model year 2000 that is dark grey with tinted windows and black wheels.

The group was caught on surveillance video, but the company says the suspects were wearing hats, hoodies and bandanas. Sixteen aluminum bud and pilot wheels used on semi-trucks were stolen.

The general manager, Sam Smith, hopes the thieves get caught, but he says the real solution to his problem needs to come from lawmakers.

"The need for legislation to eliminate the marketplace for thieves to take metal and instantly convert it to cash,” he said.

The company stated in an email, “We have reported other metal thefts but if the scrap companies didn't buy the stolen goods, no one would be stealing.”

Ralph Smith Company is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction, and they said the recent thefts have totaled up to more than $50,000 in losses for local business owners.

Anyone with information about the alleged thefts is asked to call West Bountiful police.