Environmental Protection

Plastics Theft Task Force Arrests Thieves With More than $250K of Stolen Pallets

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Industrial Plastics Theft Task Force pulled off a major pre-Christmas arrest at a South Los Angeles plastic recycler.

On December 21, more than $250,000 worth of illegally obtained pallets were recovered, including some owned by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems. iGPS has been a supporter of the task force and has worked with it in its efforts to stop plastic pallet theft.

"With the rising value of plastics, the theft of plastic pallets and other reusable containers is on the rise," said Al Farrell, vice president of asset management at iGPS.  "We have actively supported and cooperated with the Sheriff's task force in LA County to combat these thieves. This arrest and others like it are proving that the task force approach is effective and serves as a model for other law enforcement agencies to adopt."

In addition to plastic pallets, a number of large boxes containing hundreds of pounds of ground plastic were confiscated. According to Capt. Mike Claus of the sheriff's station, where the task force is based, more than $5 million in stolen trademarked plastic has been recovered in the last four months alone.

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