Red Oak men arrested for scrap metal thefts


May 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A joint, on-going investigation by authorities in Montgomery County has resulted in the arrest of two Red Oak men of theft charges. Officials with the Red Oak Police Department report 29-year old Andres Alvarado Ramirez, Jr., and 36-year old Floyd Robert Johnson, Jr., were arrested Saturday afternoon just east of Red Oak, after they were observed allegedly taking scrap metal valued at between $200-to $500.

The men were charged by Red Oak Police with Felony 2nd Degree Theft, and by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, with 4th Degree Theft. Both were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond, each.

Authorities says Red Oak Police received a tip Saturday afternoon, indicating the men allegedly took scrap metal at the Snyder Pond on Riverview Drive, in Red Oak. Officials received a description of the men’s vehicle, a physical description of the suspects. A little over an hour later, the men were arrested at another location.

Information gathered during the investigation indicates Ramirez, Jr., and Johnson, Jr., allegedly made multiple trips to salvage yards with scrap iron and/or appliances, that were believed to have been stolen.

Officials say anyone who might have seen the men’s vehicle – a 1996 beige & green, 1996 Dodge 1500 pickup with Iowa License plate #584 WNI – or the men themselves, taking items from properties in the Red Oak and/or Montgomery County areas, to notify the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, at 712-623-6500.