Chatham copper-theft probe brings charges against 47

From staff reportsMay 29, 2013 

— Working under a 2012 state law that makes transporting more than 25 pounds of copper illegal except under certain conditions and other metal-recycling statutes, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 10 people and sworn out arrest warrants for 37 more, deputies said.

The charges capped a two-year-investigation that involved Chatham deputies, state Division of Motor Vehicles agents, deputies from Alamance, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties and Siler City police, Maj. Gary Blankenship said in a statement Tuesday.

Nine of the 10 taken into custody were charged with copper-transportation violations.

One was charged with making prohibited transactions in metal, including purchasing a highway guard rail, Blankenship said.

All 10 were booked, and eight were released under bails ranging from $500 to $1,500, and two were released on written promises to appear, the statement said.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service