Police: Roller coaster worker stole brass

Aug. 6, 2011 at 3:30 AM

GIBSONTON, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a Busch Gardens theme park roller coaster mechanic was arrested for allegedly stealing brass plates used as brakes for the rides.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Richard Macbay, 36, was seen turning in 97 pounds of brass plates for scrap at Patriot Metals in Gibsonton, and he told deputies he obtained the plates from his job at Busch Gardens in Tampa, The Tampa Tribune reported Friday.

Deputies said they later learned Macbay had taken the brass plates from the theme park's shop without permission.

Macbay was arrested July 29 and charged with dealing in stolen property, providing false information on secondary metal recycling and grand theft. He was released after posting $19,000 bond.

Investigators said the plates weren't in active use and the roller coasters were never in any danger.

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