Boatbuilder catches employee stealing aluminum

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A boatbuilder in Colville, Wash., nearly went out of business when a trusted supervisor sold an estimated $556,000 worth of stolen aluminum to a Spokane scrap metal dealer.

It took more than three years to catch the thief because he was in charge of the Hewes Marine Co. investigation, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.

Court documents say Christopher Randall Boring, who was considered an exemplary employee, set up cameras, conducted numerous audits and repeatedly said the thefts baffled him.

“We never dreamt that one of our most trusted employees would be stealing it, especially not in that quantity,” co-owner Bill Hewes said. He said he has little hope of recovering any of the loss.

Boring, 40, pleaded guilty July 22 in Stevens County Superior Court to aggravated first-degree theft and aggravated first-degree trafficking in stolen property. A jury Wednesday convicted his wife, 38-year-old Jody Danielle Boring, of second-degree trafficking, aggravated by large economic impact.

Boring had been with the company since February 2005. He resigned last August after incriminating information was found on his work computer.

Coupled with the recession, the theft of 360,799 pounds of aluminum sheet “came very close to pushing us over the edge,” Hewes said.

“We could have avoided a lot of layoffs and we could have avoided a lot of pay cuts,” he told the newspaper.

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