Philip Greene accused of taking 114,000 pounds of metal for several years

A 62-year old Newberg man was recently arrested and charged with several counts of theft in connection with the removal of at least $100,000 of metal from a large Sherwood business.

Philip James Greene was charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated theft and six counts of first-degree theft following an 11-month investigation by Sherwood police, according to Sherwood Police Lt. Ty Hanlon, a department spokesman.

He declined naming the business at the request of company officials, saying only that the victim was a large company that uses a great deal of metal to make its products. Citing court documents, The Oregonian reported the business involved was Allied Systems Company in Sherwood.

Representatives from the business, where Greene worked from 2005-2008, cooperated fully with the investigation and were instrumental in helping police identify the suspect, Hanlon said.

Detective Debbie Smith, who investigated the incident, believes Greene took at least 114,000 pounds of scrap metal valued at $106,000, Hanlon said. However, that amount could actually be higher since Greene allegedly removed the metal over the course of several years with officials at that business only recently becoming aware of the thefts.

“It really didn’t come to light until this year — that things were happening and it was a problem,” said Hanlon. “Obviously, this is by far the largest case we’ve worked (involving stolen metals).”

Greene was arrested following a grand jury indictment. He was lodged at Washington County Jail on July 17.

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