DATE: Monday, March 06, 2017
SUBJECT: Unscrupulous Scrapper Snared by Sheriff’s Deputy
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding

On Monday, March 06, 2017 at 8:24 AM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to Deig Brothers Construction at 2731 Allens Lane in order to investigate a complaint of construction equipment theft.

According to a Deig Brothers representative, nearly 30 metal construction pipes valued at nearly $600 a piece were found to have been stolen from their storage yard. The investigating sheriff’s deputy began checking local scrap yards and discovered some of the stolen pipes at Universal Salvage on North Fifth Avenue. With the assistance of the staff at Universal Salvage, Mr. Zane Boren was identified as a suspect.

When Mr. Boren returned to Universal Salvage with more stolen piping, a sheriff’s deputy responded and took him into custody. Mr. Boren admitted to stealing piping from Dieg Brothers on multiple occasions. He also admitted to cutting a security chain to gain access to the yard.

Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Our local scrap metal dealers play a vital role in making this form of theft unprofitable for thieves.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Even though scrap yards are required by statute to cooperate with law enforcement during a theft investigation, we still appreciate their assistance and genuine desire to avoid buying stolen material.”

Mr. Boren was lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail. A bond amount has not yet been set.


Zane Thomas Boren (pictured above), 32, of Evansville. Burglary as a Level 5 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony (6 counts), Criminal Mischief as a Class B Misdemeanor

Pictured above: Example of the type of construction piping that was stolen.

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Correction: A previous version of this article displayed the incorrect mugshot.