Saturday, August 04, 2012
US Sugar Employee Busted For Metal Theft
CLEWISTON, FL. -- A former employee of U.S. Sugar has been arrested for allegedly stealing metal parts from U.S. Sugar's railroad, the South Central Florida Express, and taking them to a LaBelle scrap dealer to sell.
41-year old Robert Stacy Kellogg was arrested in Hendry County on July 28th, and then transferred to West Palm Beach after security personnel at the company concluded it's investigation of Kellogg.
Ronnie Padgett, U.S. Sugar's security officer, after a tip had a GPS tracking device placed on Kellogg's company owned truck last year, and tracked his movement from Clewiston to LaBelle.
The device reportedly showed four trips to Ashley and Sons scrap metal business on SR29 south of LaBelle. Palm Beach detectives questioned two workers at Ashley and they said Kellogg had not been there for years. When the detective said he had physical evidence, one employee reportedly apologized to the detective, admitting he lied about when he last saw Kellogg.
Records indicated Kellogg had brought in 2,730 pounds of steel railroad plates to Ashley and Sons. Kellogg's last address was a rented manufactured home at 4018 Caloosa Loop in Port LaBelle, Fl.