110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Feb 24, 2014 - 12:59:14pm
Most metal thieves are pikers, compared to the amount a DeLand man is charged with stealing from the Tomoka Landfill.
It wouldn't hurt heisting efforts that the accused is an employee at the landfill.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has charged employee Korey Woulard, 45, with stealing materials from the landfill and selling them to scrap yards for cash — 3,485 pounds worth, for a total of $3,723.82. Heisted materials include copper, batteries and brass, which the Sheriff's Office report states Woulard has been taking since August.
The thefts came to light when a sheriff's deputy who works closely with secondhand metals dealers noticed that Woulard was making a great deal of money from scrapping, the Sheriff's Office reported. The deputy made inquires at a DeLand recycling business, and was told that Woulard had said he got all the materials he was scrapping from the landfill, where Woulard worked.
The deputy checked with the landfill and verified that Woulard was employed there. Woulard wasn't supposed to take anything to sell, however, according to landfill policy.
"Deputies then found Woulard at his DeLand home and arrested him for grand theft, dealing in stolen property and violation of the secondary metal recyclers act," Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught said.
Woulard was booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail Feb. 23. He posted $6,000 bond and was released from custody, the booking section reported.
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