by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: WCSO - Washington County sheriff's detectives discovered stolen scrap metal while serving a search warrant Wednesday morning at a Cedar Hills home.Detectives from the Washington County Property Crimes Unit served a search warrant Wednesday morning at the residence of a man suspected of stealing large amounts of scrap metal from his employer.

The warrant was served at 9000 S.W. Barnes Road in Cedar Hills.

Sheriff's detectives believe Daniel Mahar, 54, was stealing copper, brass, aluminum and other metals from Maxim Integrated Products, 14320 S.W. Jenkins Road, where he worked as the facilities supervisor for the last seven years. MAHAR

"It was reported that some of the items that Mr. Mahar would steal included large rolls of new, heavy-gauge wire and other items of high scrap value during his work day and later sell them," said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman. "Sheriff's detectives said Mr. Mahar received more than $86,000 from the sale of the metal in the last three years."

They do not know how long the thefts have been taking place. During a search of Mahar's home, detectives seized a sawed-off shotgun and drugs, Ray said.

Mahar was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated theft, possession of prohibited firearm, unlawful possession of morphine and methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school. Bail was set at $500,000.

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