November 28, 2014

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Semco Carbon supervisor catches employee suspected of stealing

LORAIN — A supervisor at Semco Carbon told police he suspected an employee of stealing scrap carbon since early May and set up a hidden camera last week inside the business to see whether he could obtain visual proof of the thefts.

During an employee break period, the supervisor identified a worker from footage from the surveillance camera. The supervisor told police he observed the employee via the camera removing scrap from a bucket and putting it in his pocket before taking it to his vehicle and then returning to his job.

When the worker was confronted, he initially denied any wrongdoing, but later admitted taking about $2,000 in scrap carbon, which he in turn sold to another person.

The employee was told to return the stolen scrap he was seen taking, or face criminal charges. However, the man told the supervisor he had already sold the scrap and no longer had the money he received for it.

Reports were unclear as to whether the man had been charged in the theft.