Two men arrested after allegedly stealing scrap metal from the former Graphic Packaging plant
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Two men arrested after allegedly stealing scrap metal from the former Graphic Packaging plant

BATTLE CREEK – Two men were arrested after allegedly stealing scrap metal from the former Graphic Packaging International plant in the city early Monday morning.

Battle Creek police are monitoring the property at 79 E. Fountain St. following reports of break-ins that have occurred over the past few weeks. Police say several thousand dollars worth of scrap metal was stolen during the same period.

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Officers observed two men, later identified as a 35-year-old Battle Creek man and a 40-year-old Ceresco man, breaking and entering the former Graphic Packaging facility around 3 a.m. Monday. Police managed to arrest both men, allegedly stealing additional scrap metal from the scene, and arrested them at the scene.

The former Graphic Packaging Plant is not empty, subcontractors work inside. Police said no one was allowed on the premises without permission.

GPI’s recycled cardboard plant closed in August 2022. New Mill Capital Holdings and Battle Creek Unlimited are collaborating to demolish the 350,000-square-foot facility – a key step in realizing the city’s vision to naturalize the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River through Battle Cove center.

Contact reporter Greyson Steele at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on the Battle Creek Enquirer: Two arrested after burglary at former graphic packaging plant