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July 15, 2014

Fireworks complaint leads to arrest in theft of tugboat propeller

Police in Ohio responded to a fireworks complaint and ended up arresting a man for the theft of a high dollar tugboat propellor from Port Arthur.

Brandon O’Neil of Springfield Township in Ohio was wanted on a  felony theft charge for stealing the propellor valued at between $50,000 to $90,000.

Port Arthur Police Maj. Raymond Clark said a four blade tugboat propellor made from brass nickel alloy was reported stolen from Gulf Copper in the 7200 block of South Gulfway Drive on July 22, 2013.  According to the offense report, the prop is very large and was likely removed using heavy equipment and either loaded on a flatbed trailer or similar vehicle.

Police in New Middleton, Ohio were responding to a fireworks complaint July 11 when they learned that O-Neil was wanted on the theft charge, according to the WKBN News site. O’Neil is being held in Mahoning County Jail waiting his return to Texas.

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