Plas­tic bin theft nets $460K

Author­i­ties say man stole Fiat Chrysler crates for car parts and sold them to buy house

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY ROBERT SNELL The Detroit News rsnell@de­troit­news.com (313) 222-2486 Twit­ter: @robert­snell­news

Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles has two of the most-stolen cars in the coun­try, but one al­leged thief scored a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar pay­day by by­pass­ing the au­tomaker’s fleet.

In­stead, a Farm­ing­ton Hills truck driver swiped the plas­tic — more than $2 mil­lion worth of plas­tic crates and bins owned by FCA — and turned the buck­ets into cash, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said Thurs­day.

Fed­eral court records chron­i­cle an unusual and lu­cra­tive theft from one of Detroit’s Big Three au­tomak­ers that al­legedly net­ted con­victed felon Ar­shawn Hall $460,000 — enough cash to buy five Dodge Vipers.

Hall blew some of the cash on a house, ac­cord­ing to an eight­page in­dict­ment un­sealed Thurs­day in fed­eral court.

The 51-yearold Farm­ing­ton Hills man was ar­raigned Thurs­day in fed­eral court on wire fraud and other charges that could send him to prison for up to 20 years. He was re­leased on $10,000 un­se­cured bond.

FCA spokesman Michael Palese de­clined com­ment about the case.

“In gen­eral, FCA will seek to have any party in wrong­ful pos- ses­sion of our con­tain­ers held civilly and crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble,” he wrote in an email.

Hall’s lawyer de­clined ment.

The al­leged crime dates to May 2012 and lasted 10 months,

com- pros­e­cu­tors said.

The al­leged crime spree in­volved Hall pick­ing up FCA’s plas­tic bins used to trans­port au­to­mo­bile parts at a lo­gis­tics com­pany on Detroit’s west side, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Hall hauled the bins to a re­cy­cling com­pany in Wixom and sold them for $460,000, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Hall, whose crim­i­nal record in­cludes a 2014 lar­ceny con­vic­tion, al­legedly lied to the re­cy­cling com­pany, say­ing he owned the bins and had ob­tained them legally, ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment.

“As he very well knew, Hall did not own the crates and had not ob­tained them law­fully from (FCA) and was not en­ti­tled to sell them,” the in­dict­ment reads.

Pros­e­cu­tors want Hall to for­feit a $200,000 house on Shady­lane Drive that al­legedly was bought with money gen­er­ated from sell­ing the au­tomaker’s bins, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Farm­ing­ton Hills

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors want Ar­shawn Hall to for­feit a $200,000 Farm­ing­ton Hills home.

Hall

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