South Windsor police have arrested two local men accused of stealing metal to sell for scrap.
Matthew Crowley, 29, of Windsorville Road in South Windsor, is accused of taking 11 large industrial batteries belonging to his employer, Nuway Tobacco on Sullivan Avenue, and selling them for scrap.
Police started investigating in September and said they found receipts from a local scrap yard indicating Crowley sold the batteries. He then acknowledged the theft, according to police.
Crowley was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday and charged with larceny in the fourth degree.
He was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Nov. 1, 2012.
Police arrested Corey Ouimette, 35, of Scantic Meadow Road in South Windsor on Wednesday after responding to a suspicious persons report on Kelly Road.
A witness reported seeing a man remove several metal storm grates from a pile of construction materials.
When police had a description of the man and the car, they checked the area and found Ouimette attempting to sell the grates at a local scrapyard, police said.
The three metal grates were new and valued at a combined $400, police said.
Ouimette was charged with larceny in the sixth degree. He was later released on a $10,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Nov. 1.