I heard a lot of people talking about this story today, along the lines of, “What else don’t we know yet?”
Jene A. Chadwell is accused of stealing axle assemblies, bolts, bearings, brackets, discs, gears, nuts and plates. Chadwell, who didn’t return a request for comment Monday placed through a relative, has been charged with receiving stolen property.
Chadwell, who retired from Dana Corp. in 2003 after some 30 years with the company, had a unique definition of piecework, according to an arrest affidavit. Investigators needed a semitrailer to haul away the $130,000 worth of parts they say Chadwell stole and kept in a 40-by-80-feet pole barn in Columbia City before selling them on eBay.
The gist of the comments was “how can somebody walk off with that much stuff without anybody else noticing?” In other words, will we see the arrest of an accomplice soon, or the resignation or firing of someone because of sheer incompetence? Stay tuned.