Published: Jun 16, 2011 7:01 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 16, 2011 7:12 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A task force made up of law enforcement personnel from the Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers Police Department made two arrests this afternoon at a Cape Coral business.

Detectives did a surprise inspection of the second-hand metal business, Precious Metal, located at 1719 NE 10th Terrace in Cape Coral. Detectives poured over transaction records from the business to ensure their compliance with state statute on record keeping. This is done to discourage businesses from conducting “back-door” or “off the books” sales of scrap metal.

In today’s inspection, investigators found evidence of sales without proper documentation. Owner, James Rains 58 of North Fort Myers was arrested on charges of having a pattern of improper record keeping as it relates to dealing in second-hand scrap metal. Employee, Louis Dushek 33 of North Fort Myers was arrested on charges of improper documentation of a scrap metal transaction. Both crimes are misdemeanors and both Rains and Dushek were released at the scene with a notice to appear in criminal court.

“Southwest Florida has experienced a staggering amount of metal theft over the past several months. The Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers Police Department have a long history of cooperation. This tradition continues as the agencies work together to combat theft and the illegal sale of metal in Southwest Florida. Ensuring that the dealers are complying with the law is a big step in combating the problem.”- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.