There once was a song written by Johnny Cash about an auto worker who wanted a Cadillac but couldn’t afford it outright. Thus, he took parts off the line bit by bit until he finally had the car of his dreams.
This is not that story.
According to WAVE (my local NBC affiliate), a temporary employee of the Toyota Georgetown plant stole over $56,000 USD worth of auto parts between 19 March and 15 May of this year, all in the form of 160 cylinder heads. The heads were then sold to two recyclers as scrap.
Forty-three heads were recovered by authorities, but were unusable and written off as a total loss according to Toyota. Whether they’ll be sold for scrap (irony) or recycled in-house is another matter.
The employee, Michael G. Kenny of Winchester, Kentucky, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.