Webster man sentenced to 3+ years for Batavia scrap metal theft

Updated: 01/10/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 01/10/2014 5:47 PM WHEC.com

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Webster man was sentenced on Friday to more than three years in prison after being convicted following a 2009 theft.

The attorney's office says that 40-year-old Richard Riedman in June 2009 stole 17 tons of high-grade scrap steel from a railcar in Batavia overnight with the help of Christopher Monfort, Anthony Toscano, Anthony Russell and Timothy Stone. Officials say Riedman and the other men used a logging truck to remove the steel while others acted as lookouts.

News10NBC is told Riedman and the other men were caught leaving the scene by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies. Investigators say the men were in the process of shipping the steel to a mill in Pennsylvania.

Riedman pled guilty to conspiracy to to burglarize a railroad car and theft of an interstate shipment. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison, Toscano was previously sentenced to 18 months, Russell received a 15 month sentenced and Stone was sentenced to one year in prison. Monfort, who was also pled guilty to other drug-related charges, was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

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