BALTIMORE — A Baltimore scrap yard owner is accused of trying to sell $2.6 million in industrial metals, mostly nickel, after a Labor Day weekend heist from an importer.
Sixty-five-year-old Alan Verschleisser (VERSH-ly-zur) has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with knowingly possessing stolen goods from an international shipment.
The stolen nickel briquettes were inside shipping containers and were worth $2.5 million. Also stolen was about 110,000 pounds of ferrochrome, worth around $100,000.
According to the complaint, Verchleisser’s scheme unraveled when he tried to sell the nickel briquettes to a Swiss-based supplier. Authorities searched his scrap yard and recovered most of the stolen nickel.
Verschleisser was arrested as he tried to board a flight to Israel at a New York airport.