NILES -- Michigan State Police were looking for a man Tuesday who was caught allegedly loading up a van with scrap metal from a Niles metal business.
Security officers for Modineer Metals, 2190 Industrial Drive, told Michigan State Police they saw the man sitting in a vehicle that was backed into a scrap-metal bin about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Security officers reportedly blocked the man's vehicle with their own cars and asked him to follow them inside their office for questioning, state police with the Niles post said in a written report.
The man reportedly complied but once inside he reportedly ran back outside and disappeared.
A search for the man resumed Tuesday, state police said.
Security officers told troopers the man's van contained scrap aluminum in a cargo area.
They said additional scrap aluminum was placed on the ground to be loaded into the van when the man's plans were interrupted.