An Inverness man was arrested after stealing ramps and railings from a local veterans organization to recycle for money, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.
Alan Lemay, 60, was arrested and charged with grand theft and two counts of trafficking or endeavoring to traffic in stolen property. Bond was set at $12,000.
On Sept. 14, deputies worked a theft case where aluminum ramps and railings were stolen from the Citrus County Veterans Coalition and brought to Crystal River Metal Recycling. They were valued at $3,000.
Deputies arrested Lemay’s co-defendant and later discovered he also took part in the incident. On Oct. 7, deputies made contact with him at his residence.
In Lemay’s yard was his a black Chrysler, the same vehicle the manager of Crystal River Metal Recycling alleged dropped off the stolen metal.
Post Miranda, Lemay reportedly told deputies he loaded the aluminum in his van and transported it to the Inverness boat ramp to try and attach railings to a boat he did not own. He then said he returned to this location and put the aluminum back where he found it and did not see it again.
Deputies told Lemay the manager of Crystal River Metal and Recycling provided a photo of his car when the aluminum was recycled on Aug. 12 and 16. A witness also saw Lemay loading the aluminum into his van with the co-defendant.
The co-defendant reportedly told deputies Lemay was present during the incident. When deputies showed Lemay the photos taken by the manager, he said he had been deceived, but did not say by who and pleaded the Fifth (Amendment).
Lemay was placed under arrest and transported to the Citrus County Jail.