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Four charged with stealing copper from employer

Posted October 22, 2008

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— Cumberland County authorities have charged four men with stealing about $32,000 in copper wire from their employer.

Keith Marvin Blizzard, 35, of 7006 Darnell St. in Fayetteville, Carl Joseph Dunn, 21, of 8 Womble Drive in Lillington, David Neal Chestang, 19, of 6631 Main St. in Wade, and John Samuel Lord, of 6239 Birchbrook in Hope Mills, have been charged with felony larceny by employee, felony conspiracy and possession of stolen goods.

The men work for Sandy Ridge Electric Co. of Fayetteville. Company owner Keith Horne became aware of a pattern of thefts and reported his concerns to authorities. Cumberland County deputies recovered about 1,500 pounds of wiring.

The case remains under investigation, and authorities said they expect more arrests.

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  • North Carolina Native Oct 22, 2008

    copper thievery is epidemic....

  • bigbr0ther Oct 22, 2008

    No the dealers are not held responsible. They actually help the law find out who stole the goods. They take pictures of everythig that comes in to their facility and also takes a photocopy of the id of who broght the material in. When there is a report of some materials stolen in the area, the law often goes to them and ask them if they took in any such material in the past few weeks. They look on their computers and can find out who took it, when they took it and how much they received for it. They will also tip off the police if they receive any "questionable" material in. This is why the facility in Raleigh got in trouble for accepting the military goods this past year.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 22, 2008

    They need to give hard punishment for the companies that receive it. They can tell the difference I am sure between new and used copper tubes, etc. Just like pawn shops accepting pawned items, they know if the average person comes in with more than a particular item, or things you know they can't afford, that should be a red flag. Just like these companies that are getting the copper.

  • duster 340 Oct 22, 2008

    Copper is to easy to sell ! Are the scarp dealers held responsible for buying stolen goods ?

  • beachboater Oct 22, 2008

    The law needs to hit these guys HARD!!! There is a tremendous amount of damage inflicted by many copper thieves. There needs to be a STRONG deterrent.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 22, 2008

    Put them in jail for 5 years.

  • Panther Oct 22, 2008

    Good, I hope they put them under the jail for this. Stealing copper hurts us all not just some.