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2 Charged With Ripping Copper Wire From Business

Posted March 7, 2008

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— Two Wayne County people have been charged with stealing more than $200,000 in copper wire from an area business, authorities said Friday.

Donald Scott Balkcum, 32, of 1765 Mitchell Loop Road in Roseboro, and Kimberly Jernigan Lessard, 28, of 659 Sharecake Road in Clinton, are each charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Deputies responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Rosewood community found a vehicle loaded with copper wire, authorities said. An investigation determined that a business had been burglarized and its electrical system stripped of $201,000 in copper wire, authorities said. The estimated damage to the business was $150,000, they said.

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  • dwntwnboy Mar 7, 2008

    I read it as $200,000 just in wire and then $150,000 in "other" damages to the business. Took me a minute to look at it and figure it out too....who knew wire was worth so much. Guess the thieves did.

  • areadriver Mar 7, 2008

    Could someone help me understand how $200,000+/- worth of wire was stolen, but the damage was only $150,000? I don't claim to be an accountant, but this doesn't add up.