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Thompson man back in custody for alleged nickel heist

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$110,000 worth of nickel plates were stolen from Vale in Thompson.

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$110,000 worth of nickel plates were stolen from Vale in Thompson.

A Thompson man wanted in connection with the theft of nickel plates has been arrested in the United States and deported back to Canada, according to an RCMP release.

Michael James Schwartz was found in North Dakota by Bismarck police on Monday.

RCMP reported him missing June 25. Schwartz had been charged with theft over $5,000 as well as other theft-related charges. The charges came after the disappearance of nickel plates in May, valued at roughly $110,000, from Vale’s Manitoba smelting operations in Thompson.

The release states Schwartz is now in RCMP custody. He will make his first court appearance in Thompson on August 15. The investigation into the theft of the plates continues.

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