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A 22-year-old Elma man has been charged with larceny in the theft of a number of metal item stolen from a Schultz Road farm since late February and sold as scrap metal, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Tuesday.

Michael M. Lenz of North Blossom Road was arrested as he was being questioned about the thefts at the sheriff’s Elma substation late Monday afternoon, the sheriff said. Lenz is charged with petit larceny and accused of selling to a Depew scrap yard for about $1000 a quantity of heavy electric motors, a number of large batteries and some copper wire. He faces proceedings in Elma Town Court.

The sheriff credited Deputy Jason Weiss for the arrest.