Fred Hamlett accused of stealing thousands in scrap metal from airport

7:07 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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Fred Hamlett

By Casey Nolen

St. Louis County (KSDK) - A Lambert-St. Louis International Airport supervisor is accused of stealing tons of scrap metal from the airport and allegedly selling it to put thousands of dollars in his own pocket.

Police say 52-year-old Airfield Maintenance Supervisor Fred Hamlett helped himself to more than 30 tons of scrap metal -- cashing it in for nearly $10,000.

Police say their investigation uncovered evidence that Hamlett also directed several employees to collect about half of the scrap metal for him.

An anonymous caller sent police to the home of a man who worked for Hamlett at the airport, where police say they found $3,000 worth of stolen equipment Hamlett also planned to scrap for cash.

Hamlett is facing felony charges. An airport spokesman declined to comment on the case until it is resolved.



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