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Two Men Arrested and Charged with Copper Theft

By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3 Email
By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3 Email

Police in Ohio have arrested two men and charged them with stealing copper by cutting telephone wires.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office arrested 20-year-old Matthew Bloomfield and 21-year-old Phillip Delong.

Sheriff Tim Sexton says the two would steal the wire and then sell the copper to scrap yards. Sheriff Sexton estimates the thefts cost the AT&T phone company $30,000 and disrupted phone service to rural Lawrence County residents.

The two are now face charges of felony theft and disrupting a public utility service.


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