COLUMBIA — Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested a 44-year-old man Friday on suspicion of felony theft from a local business totaling up to $64,000.
Ronald D. Nole is suspected of stealing metal from a nearby business and selling it for cash at a local recycling facility. A news release said police arrested Nole at 1:55 p.m. at the Advantage Metals Recycling facility at 705 North Proctor Drive, where he was preparing to sell a truckload of metal.
According to the release, employees of Gibbs Company contacted authorities Thursday after a red Ford Ranger pickup truck drove off with a sizable amount of steel pipes in its truck bed. The employees followed the vehicle, which was registered to Nole, until it eluded them at the intersection of U.S. 63 and the Grindstone Exit.
Employees were able to provide police with the vehicle’s license plate number.
According to the release, Nole is said to have sold large amounts of metal to the recycling facility during the last four to six weeks. Thursday's incident prompted an inventory by Gibbs Company that revealed losses of metal valued at up to $64,000.
Nole was taken into custody without incident. He was being held in the Boone County Jail awaiting bond to be set. He also faces additional charges of driving under revocation and three outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a court date.