Pair nabbed for $12,000 in metal thefts from Lie-Nielsen
Rockland — A Somerville man was arrested Jan. 29 in connection with the burglary of more than $12,000 worth of metal from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren.
Scott L. Schultz, 47, was charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Schultz stole metal machine parts Dec. 19 from the storage property in Warren, according to court documents.
Schultz was identified in connection with these thefts after Daniel Boyce, 38, of Warren — a suspected accomplice — was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and trespass by motor vehicle in December.
While held in Knox County Jail, Boyce agreed to speak with Deputy Nathaniel Jack of the Knox County Sheriff's Office about the night he was arrested, according to court documents.
Boyce said the stolen materials came from a Lie-Nielsen Toolworks storage building on the corner of the Depot Road and Stirling Road in Warren. Thomas Lie-Nielsen, owner of the business, identified the parts as his property.
According to court documents, Boyce said Schultz told him the parts in the storage building were not used and that it was "alright" to take them.
Boyce said they went to the Warren property and loaded parts onto a truck from the storage unit.
Driving north on Finntown Road toward Route 1, the pair was spotted by the police and pulled over.
While the men were in the car, Schultz told Boyce not to tell the police he was involved, saying he was a "dead man" if he identified him as an accomplice, court documents state. At the time of Boyce's arrest, he told police Schultz was with him when he stole metal from a residence on Finntown Road, but was that he was not involved and had no knowledge the theft was to take place.
Schultz told police he was not involved and so was not arrested that night.
While in custody, Boyce told Jack he was afraid of Schultz.
Through discussions with residents of the Finntown Road home where Boyce had originally said items were taken from, police determined the parts were not taken from there.
Lie-Nielsen said the company's storage unit will be locked from now on, according to court documents.
Boyce is expected in Knox County Superior Court Feb. 24 and Schultz is scheduled to appear March 27 in superior court.
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