For more than a month, the second-generation owner of Silcott Railway Equipment in Worthington has watched surveillance video showing someone breaking into a rail yard.
George Silcott says that on a large yard like theirs, he notices parts and pieces are missing when it’s time to put them to use.
“Very aggravating, very aggravating. Just seems like everything I worked for is walking out the door. It's not right,” said Silcott.
Silcott shared surveillance video with 10TV, which shows a man breaking in, walking back and forth multiple times and walking out with metal.
“All they look at is, from the perspective of what the scrap metal's worth. And it looks like scrap metal to them. It's my livelihood,” said Silcott.
Early Wednesday morning, Worthington police say they spotted the thief stock-piling metal pieces just outside Silcott’s perimeter wall.
“They attempted to make a stop on the individual and he didn't stop for the officers. He actually drove right by one of the officers, trying to elude them,” said Worthington Police Lieutenant Jerry Strait.
After a short chase along state Route 161, police say the tires blew, he crashed the car, and then ran off. But, officers say the man left his I-D, cell phone, and stolen scrap metal behind.
Hours later, officers found him, and only 10TV was there when police hauled him in.
Now, 37-year-old Mark Benner is under arrest, which gives the local business owner some peace of mind.
“I'd just like to be able to leave in the evening and come back in the morning and nothing's been touched. Then, it's a good day,” said Silcott.
Despite the arrest, Silcott says he will still carefully watch his security system.
Police say Benner is being held on a felony charge for breaking and entering, and could face more charges soon.
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