Plastic bin theft nets $460K
Authorities say man stole Fiat Chrysler crates for car parts and sold them to buy house
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.
Federal prosecutors want Arshawn Hall to forfeit a $200,000 Farmington Hills home.