Police are looking for a man who scammed a South Florida business out of nearly $10,000 in scrap metal last Friday.

The crime happened at a warehouse occupied by Advanced Roofing, located at 1950 NW 22nd St.

According to the president of the company, Robert Kornahrens, the man drove up in a truck and pretended to pick up some scrap metal. “He just came up, and I think he could have just been looking for lunch money or something,” said Kornahrens. “He said, ‘Let me see if I can get some scrap out of this yard,’ and we don’t give away scrap. We use it for Christmas parties and picnics.”

Kornahrens went on to describe what happened next. “When he came up, he caught the mechanic that was on duty, a junior guy, he said, ‘I don’t know anything, go to warehouse in the back.’ So when he got to the warehouse in the back, someone said, ‘Well, the scrap is out in this dumpster that we use,'” said Kornahrens.

Then, captured on surveillance video, a forklift loaded the nearly $10,000 in copper into his truck before the crook took off.

Kornahrens is giving a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. This is in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward.

If you have any information on this copper caper, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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