A man wanted for nearly two years for allegedly stealing 600 pounds of metal from a Tacoma recycling yard has been arrested.
Stephen Passmore, 49, was taken into custody Friday while leaving a Spanaway home. He pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Bail was set at $15,000.
A warrant was issued for him in September 2011, months after the April 27, 2011, burglary. He has been featured on Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers’ website and “Washington’s Most Wanted” TV show.
According to charging papers, Passmore parked a rented vehicle outside Tacoma Metals, 1754 Thorne Road. He and an associate then threw about 600 pounds of brass valves and radiators over the fence and hauled them away.
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