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Two men charged with stealing scrap metal

This news story was published on May 21, 2012.
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MASON CITY – Early Monday morning at about 4:30 AM, Mason City Police Officers were dispatched to check the property owned by McKiness Excavating in the 300 block of 15th Street NE.  The caller reported a theft of scrap metal from the property was occurring.

An officer spotted a truck pulling a trailer, both loaded with scrap metal, leaving the area.  The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with Brian Ziesman (46) and Travis Waslick (39).  After an investigation, Waslick was charged with 3rd degree theft and trespassing.  Waslick was held on $2,000 bond at the Cerro Gordo County Jail.  Ziesman was charged with joint criminal conduct for his role in the furtherance of the theft.  Ziesman was cited and released form the scene.  3rd degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor and is punishable by up to two years in prison or a $6,250 fine.  Trespass and joint criminal conduct in this case are both simple misdemeanors punishable by up to a $625 fine or 30 days in jail.

Travis Waslick


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3 Responses to Two men charged with stealing scrap metal

  1. dog owner Reply Report comment

    May 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Throw the book at them AND the scrap dealers who are accepting this obviously STOLEN scrap in the first place!
    You have clowns like these guys stealing cemetary markers, public park sprinkler heads or plumbing and other things and hello! two down and out greasers driving a beat up truck with 100 brass faucets, bent, cut and damaged bronze plates, and huge coils of obviously new looking heavy cable wire should be a wakeup call they didn’t find all that in the trash, nor did they get all that from renovating their house!

    Guys like these showing up at scrap yards with large amounts of heavy copper wiring or simialr items should warrant calling the cops on them.

  2. sijr Reply Report comment

    May 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Florida “metal” thieves are much more creative than you northerners. They are taking the tailgates off pickups and selling them. And they’re doing it in broad daylight. Favorite target parking lot is McDonalds.

  3. anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    no surprise with those two guys