Former Pocatello steel co. employee arrested for burglary
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Police in Pocatello have arrested a former employee of a steel company on suspicion of burglary and possession of items taken from his former workplace.
Officials say an employee of SME Steel arrived at work at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday to find someone inside the business with a flashlight. Police say someone had driven forklifts through walls, destroyed offices and broke into vending machines.
The business had also been burglarized in July and October and police had information about 35-year-old Shawn Hatch possibly selling stolen items. They went to his house to question him, obtained a search warrant and arrested him. He also faces a vandalism charge.
KPVI reports officers located more than $200,000 worth of evidence at Hatch's residence and another one nearby.