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East Flat Rock man charged with metal theft

Phillip Eric Stanford Phillip Eric Stanford

Henderson County Sheriff's deputies charged a 42-year-old East Flat Rock man with seven three misdemeanors and four felonies in connection with the theft of metal that he allegedly sold for scrap.

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Philip Eric Stanford of 1191 Upward Road was charged on Tuesday on three counts of misdemeanor larceny, two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and two felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Stanford was arrested after he and a 15-year-old juvenile allegedly stole metal wood stoves and miscellaneous 4x8 steel plates of scrap metal materials and sold them at a local metal recycling facility, the sheriff's department said.

 

Stanford and the juvenile reportedly stole these materials from different locations and sold them for cash, the report said. As the investigation continues into other reported thefts, more charges against Stanford and others are expected. Stanford remains in the Henderson County jail under a $18,500 bond.