Thieves Find Big Money In Stolen Plastic

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Four men were arrested in Los Angeles this week with $250,000 worth of stolen plastic pallets, milk crates and bread baskets piled high in a warehouse. The warehouse also held a big industrial plastic grinder. Authorities say plastic sells for up to a dollar a pound.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is plastics.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GRADUATE")

WALTER BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Just one word.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN: (as Ben Braddock) Yes, sir?

BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Are you listening?

HOFFMAN: (as Ben Braddock) Yes, sir. I am.

BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Plastics.

INSKEEP: That's a character in the movie "The Graduate," offering career advice to a young Dustin Hoffman.

Some people in L.A. allegedly took that advice. Four men were arrested there this week with a quarter-of-a- million dollars worth of stolen plastic pallets - milk crates and bread baskets piled high in a warehouse. That same warehouse held a big, industrial plastic grinder.

Now I'm thinking of the movie "Fargo." Never mind.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Office says there's big money in stolen plastic. It sells for up to a dollar a pound. And most of that stolen plastic is sold back to the manufacturers it was stolen from in the first place.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

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