2 men charged in Freon theft from company Police suspect compound was sold to businesses

March 08, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Employees at two Baltimore companies have been charged in a theft of $163,000 in Freon that was taken in October from Tri-State Refrigerators in Northeast Baltimore and allegedly resold to small businesses.

Oliver Fant, 58, who works at Monument Washers, was arrested Thursday by members of the Northeastern District's major crime unit. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

Police said that Sean Garrison, 24, of the 3900 block of The Alameda, also has been indicted on the same charges. He was being sought yesterday.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said the theft was reported Oct. 16 when workers at Tri-State -- in the 2300 block of Sinclair Lane -- found that 263 canisters of Freon were missing.

Cooper said police suspect that Garrison, an employee of Tri-State, stole the Freon and sold it to Monument Washers in East Baltimore, "which in turn sold it to small businesses in

Baltimore County and Baltimore City."

Police said the federal Environmental Protection Agency also has launched an investigation.

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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