On Monday, after a month and a half long operation, deputies with the York County Sheriff's Office Anti-Crime Team and Code Enforcement Division arrested eight employees of scrap metal businesses in the county.
The investigation, code named "Operation Risky Business," was conducted from Aug. 6 through Sept. 17.
The purpose was to ensure all licensed scrap metal businesses were in compliance with the law governing the purchase of nonferrous metals, and to combat the increase of larceny of metals being sold as scrap.
The justification for "Operation Risky Business" was based on intelligence gathered showing $464,578 of scrap metal was stolen in York County since September 2011.
The eight suspects arrested included: John Robert Snipes, 61, John M. Snipes, 28, Suzanne Wright, 30, Johnny Young, 58, Deborah Barnes, 52, Garrett Buckles, 24, Darius McCullough, 32 and John Chappell, 43.