Busch Gardens Tampa worker accused of stealing brass brake plates from park

Posted Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:40 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A Riverview man is accused of stealing brass bars used as brake pads for roller coasters at Busch Gardens and trying to sell them as scrap to a recycler, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Read more from The St. Petersburg Times.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:59 PM

I'm not sure what brass is going for right now. But, that's an awfully stupid thing to do for what probably ammounted to less than $100.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:53 PM

"The material was valued at $1,100."

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 2:54 PM

Wow, that's quite the temptation there. That's a decent amount of cash.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:08 PM

Jeff, that's probably the replacement cost for the park. Brass is definitely not $10 a pound.

Ok, I just called Celevland Scrap and it's going for about $2 a pound for clean scrap. I assume solid brass plates would be considered clean scrap. That's a lot higher that I expected. So that would only be about $200 in scrap value.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:08 PM
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Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:26 PM

For the purpose of the crime, that doesn't matter. It's the value of the goods stolen from the park that counts.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:03 PM

For the purpose of the crime, yes the replacement value would apply. But losing your job for stealing something that has a street value of $200 seems silly. My guess is he was going to use the money to purchase the VQ system that Busch uses.

Last edited by Shades, Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:08 PM
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Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:32 PM

My guess is he was going to use the money to purchase the VQ system that Busch uses.

Fail. -1

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:16 PM

^^ My point exactly.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:27 PM

Well he sure wasn't a enthusiast. He would hung them on his wall and admired them.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 12:06 AM

There are people stealing anything brass or copper that isn't nailed down (and even stuff that IS nailed down) lately. There was a church near here that had copper downspouts stolen off of it. I've read lots of stories about copper being stolen off of anything electrical throughout the country.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 12:27 AM

Our electricity goes out periodically because of people stealing copper electric wires and then melting them down to sell. It's a pain in the butt.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 1:10 AM

Actually.. the brass used on most brakes is an alloy. It's not pure brass, so that will effect the price.


And this happens at most larger parks a lot more than is reported.

Last edited by Red Garter Rob, Friday, August 5, 2011 1:30 AM
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Friday, August 5, 2011 2:16 AM

Yep. Travis lives in West Virginia.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 6:51 AM

Red Garter Rob said:
...the brass used on most brakes is an alloy.

Brass itself is, by definition, an alloy of copper and zinc.

Last edited by djDaemon, Friday, August 5, 2011 6:52 AM
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Friday, August 5, 2011 9:59 AM

kpjb said:
Yep. Travis lives in West Virginia.

That's West (by Gawd) Virginia!

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Friday, August 5, 2011 10:24 AM

West Virginia is a very strange land indeed.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 10:30 AM

Strange, but awesome. We find ourselves heading to WV for the majority of our weekend camping trips.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 12:01 PM

West Virginia is nothing if not a giant ass campground.

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Friday, August 5, 2011 1:56 PM

Before my wife was able to (short) sell her house, someone broke into it and yanked all of the copper pipes. It cost $2k to replace it all (the labor being a significant portion of that, of course).

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