Copper theft lands two Albany men in jail

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:42pm

ALBANY, LA (FOX44) -- Local authorities in Albany, LA have arrested two men in conjunction with a copper theft that occured on Feb. 17.

Chad William Purvis, 27, has been charged with Attempted Felony Theft and Criminal Damage to Property.

 

Jerry M. Gordon, 30, has also been charged with Attempted Felony Theft and Criminal Damage to Property.

A witness to the crime stated he viewed two men "cutting copper wire from the Demco utility poles". He gave the local authorities their license plate number and a brief description of the vehicle they were in, a black Ford truck with a ladder rack attached to it.

Officers on the scene collected evidence of the crime, which included an extension ladder, a pair of bolt cutters, and 2 rolls of copper wire, which had been cut from the polls.

At this time, scrap copper nets $4.00 per pound, which can be attractive to criminals attempting to make a quick profit.

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