One man is in custody after witnesses told police he tried to steal $6,000 worth of nickel from his employer, the Goldens' Foundry & Machine Company, on Monday.
Xavier Reynolds, 26, was arrested at his home after being seen on company property after his shift ended -- with a locked barrel of nickel and an accomplice, according to police testimony in Recorder's Court Tuesday.
The attempted theft took place between 1:45 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., according to a police report. Reynolds had left work at Goldens' Foundry earlier that morning when a friend, wearing all black, said that Reynolds' son was in the hospital, according to testimony.
But police said that Reynolds soon returned and was later found at the fence line: Him, the nickel, the friend in all black and several bags and a pot, for carrying the nickel away.
Security reported the crime at about 5 a.m., according to the report.
Police said in court they arrested Reynolds at his home after they were unable to confirm his whereabouts earlier that morning. Reynolds' father thought his son was at a friend's house.
Reynolds declined to identify his friend, according to police testimony.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.
Judge Michael Cielinski set a $10,000 bond for Reynolds' criminal attempt of theft by taking charge.