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Forum staff reports, Published March 07 2012

West Fargo man charged with stealing $23,000 worth of steel

FARGO – A West Fargo man faces charges after authorities say he stole $23,000 worth of stainless steel from a company here over the past year.

According to documents filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court, an acquaintance of 32-year-old Brian Hemphill contacted the Fargo Police Department to say she suspected Hemphill’s involvement in the recent theft of copper in the area.

After looking up Hemphill, police found that he and an associate had allegedly sold various amounts of metals to a scrap dealer in Grand Forks, and that roughly $23,000 worth of steel was stolen in 2011 from Standard Industries of Fargo – Hemphill’s former employer.

The company confirmed to police that the items scrapped by Hemphill matched the amount and type of material that had been stolen, documents state.

Hemphill was recently involved in court proceedings after being run over last year by 73-year-old Alois Vetter, his former West Fargo landlord. Hemphill suffered several broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the incident.