Tri-City men accused of selling stolen metal

By The Tri-City HeraldApril 29, 2014 

Two Tri-City men are accused of selling metal scaffolding that was stolen from a Pasco church, then returning to possibly take more.

Mark B. Matthews, 40, and Lance L. Littrell, 50, each pleaded innocent to one count of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Matthews and Littrell were seen at Good News Church at 1:40 p.m. April 18, according to court documents.

The church administrator saw the men leave with 36 sections of scaffolding in the back of a truck, documents said.

The scaffolding is worth more than $100 for each section, or at least $3,600 for the stolen property. It belonged to the 3203 W. Sylvester Road church.

The administrator took a picture of the truck as it was leaving, and Pasco police officer Kevin Erickson later discovered the truck belongs to Littrell, court documents said.

About one hour after Erickson wrapped up his investigation at the church and left, the two suspects returned in the same truck, documents said.

Littrell allegedly told police that they drove to Pacific Steel & Recycling in Kennewick and sold the metal scaffolding for scrap.

Matthews has trial set for June 18, while Littrell is scheduled for trial July 16.

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