Recycler cited, accused of buying 1,200 pounds of stolen rims

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

An Orange County scrap yard called E. S. Recycling has been cited once again in a police report as a place where a thief took stolen metal.

Months ago, Channel 9 reported on the scrap yard on North Orange Blossom Trail, after the manager was arrested for illegal practices.

Channel 9 reporter Renee Stoll was there and asked the Sheriff's Office if it's doing anything about the problem.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office said the business is on their radar, but without probable cause they can't search the yard for stolen items.

After making multiple calls on Friday Stoll found out why it's tough to shut down places suspected of dealing in stolen metal.

"We're here because more stolen metal has been found here in your recycling plant," Stoll said to an E. S. employee on Friday.

"What?" the employee asked.

"More stolen metal was found in your recycling," said Stoll.

"I don't know," the employee responded.

That was what the employee initially told Stoll, but after being shown the arrest report on David Self, she said she recalled the case.

Self was still in jail Friday evening; deputies said he stole 1,200 pounds of car rims from TMR, another nearby recycling yard, and cashed them in at E. S. Recycling the same day.

"We don't need to question that individual, where they got that amount from, because it's not a regulated material," the E. S. Recycling employee told Stoll.

The aluminum rims are not regulated, but other recycling yards Stoll spoke with said they would require documentation. They described them as suspicious items when one person brings them in.

Stoll called five different agencies with the state before being told how a secondary recycling business could lose its license. She found out it is up to a judge to decide.

E. S. Recycling called these types of incidents common with all scrap recycling businesses.

The employee told Stoll that this type of situation happens often, but still insists they do everything they are required to by law.

An earlier version of this web story incorrectly reported that David Self was an employee of E.S. Recycling. We regret the error