Man charged with stealing 34000 pounds of spent shell casings

October 28th, 2010 by Staff

HAMILTON (AP) — A Missoula man is charged for his alleged role in the theft of nearly 34,000 pounds of brass ammunition casings from his former employer.

John Michael Frenn was arraigned Tuesday on felony theft and misdemeanor trespassing charges before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey in Hamilton.

Michael P. and Angela O’Connell of Corvallis were arrested last year and convicted of breaking in to property owned by the Hunting Shack of Stevensville more than 20 times to steal spent cartridges.

The O’Connells told investigators that Frenn was involved. Investigators documented instances when Frenn allegedly sold brass to a Missoula recycler under a false name. The Ravalli Republic reports sales totaled about $30,000 and matched deposits to Frenn’s bank account.

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