Former farmworker charged with stealing, selling scrap metal from employer

An Immokalee farmworker was arrested by Collier deputies Tuesday and charged with stealing scrap metal from his former employer, then turning around to sell it in LaBelle.

Wayne Moncrief, 35, of 820 Vantage St. N.E., Immokalee, was arrested at 306 E. Main St., the address of his old employer, Tomato Man Inc.

According to the report, General Manager Andrew Schaw told deputies a former employee he identified as Moncrief was observed on video placing miscellaneous metal and aluminum objects from the packing house at Tomato Man into his truck and a flat trailer hauled by the truck. Schaw also told deputies the truck could be seen driving north on State Road 29 toward LaBelle, the report said.

Schaw said he looked into the issue further, and found that Moncrief was selling the items at Ashley and Sons Scrap Metals in LaBelle, and told deputies he had retrieved receipts from Ashley and Sons showing Moncrief’s signature, according to the report.

The receipts, checked by deputies, were dated from May 12 through July 8, according to the report.

Moncrief was charged with grand theft, and was also charged with possession of cocaine, which deputies reported finding on Moncrief when he was being arrested.

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