Private security guard accused of stealing copper from local GM

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - A private security guard is accused of stealing 11,000 pounds of copper, a bit at a time, from the General Motors assembly plant in Shreveport over 16 months, starting in 2008.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says 54-year-old Emile E.Short was booked Monday on 16 felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor theft count.

The copper was in the form of welding tips used by robotic welders. Prator says the loss to GM was more than $23,000. The sheriff says Short was employed by a private security company and had access to the locked area where the metals were stored.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says Short is in jail and she does not know whether he has a lawyer.

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