Bellingham man sentenced for stealing from employer

ELANA PIDGEON

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 4, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man must serve three months in jail for trying to sell $40,000 of steel he stole from his former employer.

One of Chad E. J. McCallum's old co-workers at Bellingham Marine saw him hauling a trailer full of steel forms used for concrete from the property on Jan. 6, according to court documents.

His former boss called local recyclers and found McCallum, 36, had sold 16 steel forms on three occasions in the past week, netting him a total of more than $1,800.

McCallum pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and second-degree trafficking in stolen property. He has to serve 90 days in jail and repay the money he got from the recycler, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett ruled this week.

McCallum, reached by phone Friday, declined comment.

McCallum had been convicted in November 2012 of possessing a stolen magnetic drill worth about $1,000. In that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and served a 15-day jail sentence.

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