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Standard-Times staff writer
September 16, 2008 6:00 AM

FAIRHAVEN - Two Fairhaven men were arraigned Monday on charges they stole scrap metal from the town's wastewater treatment plant over the weekend.
Tyler Snell, 18, of 133 Spring St. and Joseph Fitzgerald, 19, of 23 Day St. were charged with breaking and entering, larceny of property worth more than $250 and vandalizing property, court records stated. Both were released on personal recognizance.
The two were driving a pickup truck on Huttleston Avenue Saturday night when they were pulled over by police for a motor vehicle violation, Chief Gary F. Souza said.
The bed of the truck was filled with scrap metal, including two 30-foot-long aluminum railings, some copper and a cast-iron stove, according to court records.
During questioning, Mr. Snell told police he and Mr. Fitzgerald had taken the railings from the wastewater treatment plant, court records stated.
Mr. Fitzgerald is the younger brother of Joshua Fitzgerald, who was killed in a stabbing after a hip-hop event at the Fort Phoenix Veterans of Foreign Wars post in April. Patrick, another brother of Mr. Fitzgerald, was seriously wounded in the same incident. Joseph drove his wounded brothers to the hospital that night.
According to William Fitzgerald, the public works superintendent who is not related to the suspect Joseph Fitzgerald, many public works departments are concerned about scrap-metal thefts.
"They've seen metal disappear," he said.
Most of the department's metal and equipment is locked up, he said. What was stolen was old, discarded metal: "It's no value to us other than scrap," Mr. Fitzgerald said.
The department cashed in the remaining scrap metal on Monday, he said.
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