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Three charged with stealing scrap metal

By Kevin McKinnon, 10/24/12 10:29 AM

Joseph Thomas Bittle, John Huddleston and William Rigney

Three Hempstead County men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly being caught in the act of stealing scrap metal from an abandoned house. Joseph Thomas Bittle, 23, John Huddleston, 19, and William Rigney, 46, were arrested after a woman reported confronting the men as they were removing metal from an old house that belongs to her father.

The woman says she was driving home when she spotted a white, 90′s model, extended cab Ford pick-up in front of the house at 468 Highway 355. She told deputies she stopped and went up to the house where she saw the men loading the metal into the back of the truck. She says she told them they had no business there and they sped off.

Deputies Gary Dorman and Justin Crane say they located the pick-up at 586 Highway 355 and took the three men into custody. They were charged with Theft of Property(Scrap Metal) and booked into the Hempstead County Detention Center to await a first court appearance.