Three people were recently charged with breaking into the shuttered Northwest Alloys (NWA) plant in Addy earlier this year. The group broke windows, shot at surveillance equipment and stole items from the facility.
Ryan James Balis, Robyn Elizabeth Norris and Isaac James Boyd were charged on July 12 with several counts of burglary and a charge of malicious mischief after the trio broke into the NWA plant on April 29.
According to police reports, the three knew each other from working at a marijuana farm in Kettle Falls, and decided to break-in to the NWA plant after work. According to testimony given to police, Balis, 28, told the others that the NWA plant was abandoned and they could “explore the mines.” Various damage was done to the facility including broken windows, the theft of a security badge and two cigarette towers. Video surveillance equipment was also damaged when Balis shot at it with a .22 handgun. The estimated damage to the facility was $12,000.
Video footage of the group and a tip from an anonymous source helped to confirm the identity of the suspects in the NWA vandalism. No pleas have been entered in regards to the break-in charges. Arraignments for the trio are scheduled for Aug. 2.
The Northwest Alloys plant that produced aluminum has been closed since 2001. The closure of the site resulted in the loss of 325 jobs in the area. Several potential buyers have expressed interest in the site over the years including a Canadian company, HiTest Sand, that was considering the site earlier this year as a location for a silicon smelter.
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff