Police investigate O’Sullivan employee in theft of metal

Posted: November 16, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Virginia State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a county man for allegedly stealing metals from O’Sullivan Films and selling them to Winchester Scrap Metal Inc.

According to a search warrant filed Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court, State Police searched O’Sullivan employee Ronald William Walther’s home north of Cross Junction, near the West Virginia border, on the morning of Nov. 13.

Three handguns, 10 long guns, machine gun parts, marijuana and scales were discovered, according to State Police special agent J.C. Schiavone.

He couldn’t comment on the amount of metal Walther has allegedly stolen as the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

According to the search warrant, police have been investigating Walther since April 2011 for allegedly manufacturing narcotics.

During that investigation, an individual at the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center told police that he had been stealing metals — primarily copper — from O’Sullivan and selling the materials to Winchester Scrap Metal Inc. “for an extended period of time,” which was confirmed by management at Winchester Scrap Metal.

Police also consulted with O’Sullivan management and allegedly found that Walther had used his access badge with “extremely irregular activity.”

According to its website, Winchester-based O’Sullivan — located at 1944 Valley Ave. — is “North America’s leading supplier of single-ply vinyl and thermoplastic olefin sheeting to the automotive industry for vacuum-formed instrument panels.”

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com