Police: Man arrested on theft charges of $130K worth of auto equipment
by Madasyn Czebiniak
Nov 21, 2013 | 5778 views |  0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heath Pearson
Heath Pearson
An employee of a local manufacturing company is charged with stealing $130,000 worth of auto-manufacturing equipment, according to court records made available Thursday.

Heath Pearson, 31, of Heflin, is charged with two counts of felony theft, according to warrants for his arrest.

According to Anniston police Capt. Allen George, during inventory in early November at the International Automotive Components plant on Pappy Dunn Boulevard, employees noticed a $50,000 mold injector missing. The company makes molded plastic parts for automobiles.

After further investigation, workers discovered the mold injector had been sold to Oxford Scrap Metals Inc. on U.S. 78, and an investigator was able to identify Pearson through the paperwork the scrap company had on file, George said.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said that in late October, two other mold injectors — valued at $80,000, according to court records — from the company were found by an employee in a parking lot on the corner of Golden Springs Road and Choccolocco Road.

In October, employees told police that they had noticed a wooden slab in the back of Pearson’s truck, which is what the mold injectors had been resting on. Pearson was questioned by fellow employees and interviewed by an investigator Oct. 31, but he denied taking the equipment.

After the investigator questioned Pearson again in November, he admitted to the thefts, George said.

Warrants for Pearson’s arrest were issued Nov. 14. He was arrested Nov. 15, according to court records, and released the same day on a total bond of $10,000, according to police and court records. He is set to appear in District Court on Dec. 9.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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