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Men find stealing scrap metal a pipeline to jail
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Two men who stole thousands of dollars worth of scrap metal from a Rock Island-area business will serve three months in jail.The defendants, Thomas Richard Shearon, 37, and Kelly Francis Scott, 34, both entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of felony theft. They were ordered to serve 90 days of two-year sentences, perform 32 hours public service work, and will have to make restitution.Their charges come after sheriff’s investigators identified them as suspects in the disappearance of numerous steel pipes from outside TMF on Old Rock Island Road. During his pipe probe, sheriff’s investigator Kelly Carter said he checked around and found Shearon had drove Scott’s vehicle to American Iron and Metal in Manchester and sold steel pipe.