The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested three Rutherford County individuals on charges related to stealing scrap metal from the Rutherford County landfill and selling it for personal profit.
Earlier this week, the Rutherford County grand jury indicted 43-year-old Joey Black (top photo), of Lascassas, 39-year-old Clint Michael Polesec (middle photo), of Murfreesboro and 45-year-old Michael Wayne Harris (bottom photo), of Christiana with one count each of theft over $1000 and conspiracy to commit theft. Black and Polesec were also indicted for official misconduct.
Harris owns a company by the name of Dumpsters Unlimited and Polesec and Black worked for the county landfill operating heavy machinery that moves and buries waste when the thefts occurred. Harris entered into an agreement with Black and Polesec to have them load scrap metal using county equipment from the mound into a Dumpster Unlimited dumpster left at the site. Once Black and Polesec filled the dumpster with scrap metal, Harris would take the metal to be recycled. The money Harris received from the recycling, he split with Black and Polesec. Black and Polesec were terminated from their jobs with the landfill in October 2012. The 16th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate the case in August of 2012.
Harris, Black and Polesec were booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $2500 bond each.