Scrap Metal Company Charged With Buying Stolen Guardrails

The police said yesterday that they had charged a scrap metal company in Paterson, N.J., with buying large sections of guardrails that had been disappearing from state highways for the last four years. The company, Zager Brothers Scrap Metal, was paying large amounts of cash for aluminum guardrails and other forms of scrap metal without asking enough questions, said Sgt. Kevin Rehmann of the New Jersey State Police. The police also said that burglary charges had been filed against Ramon Benitez, 42, a Paterson man who the police said had been spotted unscrewing the bolts on a guardrail near the Main Street exit of Interstate 80 in Paterson last fall.

By IAN URBINA

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