A 22-year-old man is accused of stealing about 7,150 pounds of scrap metal and other property from a Benton City home while the owner was away on vacation.
Chad W. Hertenstein allegedly pocketed $626 after selling the items to a Kennewick recycling business.
Hertenstein has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree trafficking in stolen property. His trial is Aug. 4.
According to court documents, Hertenstein went to the Ruppert Road home in early August and took scrap metal, an engine hoist and various metal pieces from the property.
He made several trips between the victim's home and the recycling company, documents said.
The Benton City man did not have permission to go onto that homeowner's property. Hertenstein is out of custody on his personal recognizance while the case is pending.
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