Pop-up scrap metal business sold stolen items and was home for suspects: police

Hamilton police have laid nine by-law charges on a pop-up scrap business, which they say sold stolen items and operated as a non-essential business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A release says officers carried out a search warrant at the Wentworth Street North business in Hamilton after “concerns developed about non-conventional business practices performing within the confines of the property. “

Police say the pop-up scrap metal business was buying stolen scrap metal, which it sold out of sea containers and concrete outbuildings through a 24/7 operation.

The stolen items include:

  • A CO2 C8 air rifle.

  • A Lincoln welder.

  • Six Dynaglow industrial heaters.

  • An Ipower gas generator.

  • A Stihl concrete saw

  • A Makita hammer drill (auger).

  • Two air compressors.

  • A gas power pressure washer.

  • An industrial exhaust fan.

  • A chainsaw and reciprocating saw.

Police say they found 14 people living inside sea containers and $10K of stolen property (Submitted by Hamilton police)

Investigators also say they found 14 people living inside the sea containers, evidence of drug use, $10,000 worth of stolen property, three people wanted by police and a male breaching his court conditions. 

“The grounds were littered with garbage and unkempt items while operating as an unlicensed business,” read the release.

“Hamilton Police is looking to speak with the scrap business owners as the investigation continues. The displaced individuals were all supported by alternate living conditions.”

The bylaw charges include:

  •  Two licensing charges for operating without a business licence.

  • Six yard maintenance charges.

  • One Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act charge for operating as a non-essential business.

Anyone who is the rightful owner to one of these listed items can contact Detective Constable Brian Wren with the BEAR unit at (905)546-8925.

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