About 250 pounds of copper wiring was confiscated from a suspect in a theft over the weekend.
About 250 pounds of copper wiring was confiscated from a suspect in a theft over the weekend.

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Copper stolen from old factory in Thorsby

Published 3:55pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One man has been arrested following the theft of copper from a vacant building owned by the town of Thorsby.

Daniel Perdue, 33, of Thorsby was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal trespassing, theft of property, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and burglary, Thorsby Police Department Chief Rodney Barnett said.

Perdue has since made bail.

TPD Officer William Scarbrough encountered the suspect at the old sewing factory, which is owned by the town, while on patrol about 10 p.m. Saturday, Barnett said. The suspect had copper wiring in his possession and about 250 pounds of wiring on an all-terrain vehicle parked on the property.

Barnett said an electrician has told the town that the cost of repairing the damage caused would be from $20,000 to $50,000.

The copper wiring could be sold for several hundreds of dollars.

“We do plan on filing this with our municipal insurance company,” Barnett said. “We would have to pay a deductible, but we will seek restitution of the deductible.”

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