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Travis Otis Stephens, 50, of Durham

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police have arrested a man accused of stealing scrap metal from two different businesses in Burlington.

Travis Otis Stephens, 50, of Durham, was charged after authorities said they pulled him over and searched his truck.

Burlington police said the suspect gave them permission to search his 2013 Ford F-150 after being pulled over around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police said they found miscellaneous pieces of scrap metal, which were seized as evidence.

Authorities said the stolen items were linked to two different larcenies, one at Vines Scrap & Salvage at 839 E. Webb Ave. and the other at Ruben’s Auto Care at 101 Johnson St.

The crimes allegedly occurred between Tuesday and Friday. Vines Scrap and Salvage suffered losses estimated at $5,800 and Ruben’s Auto Care suffered losses estimated at $1,275, according to police.

Police said the suspect was arrested based on video surveillance, evidence collected and interviews with people involved.

Stephens faces various charges including first degree trespassing, felony larceny and injury to real property. He was placed in the Alamance County Jail under a $56,000 secured bond and has court planned for Monday.

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