Police bust copper theft ring in Ohio http://www.privateofficer.com
Detectives Jamie Bullens and Jennifer Godsey were staked out at the AT&T offices about midnight on Friday, Feb. 27, at 4337 Interpoint Blvd. when they noticed two men going inside the fenced-in area, according to a police report.
As the detectives radioed for backup, the two men, James C. Hatcher, 24, and Matthew Nussman, 23, were spotted by detectives taking insulated-copper wire by crawling underneath a fence to an SUV in a nearby parking lot, the report stated.
Nussman and Hatcher had taken about $2,500 worth of copper and used power tools they hooked up to power sources outside the building to cut pieces of the copper wiring from large spools, according to police.
Police said they believe the duo is the same that has burglarized the AT&T offices five straight weekends. Nussman and Hatcher have been there so many times, police said, they wore a path up to the fenced-in area where they could gain entry.
Nussman is still in jail on felony charges of breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools, while Hatcher posted bail with the same charges, according to jail records. Police said more charges could be filed.
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