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Copper Thieves Target Burned Strip Club

Posted January 12, 2008
Updated January 13, 2008

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— Two men are facing charges in connection with stealing from a Wake County strip club.

Jonathan Hockaday, 38, and John Henry Johnson Jr., 42, were arrested for stealing copper wire from Pure Gold's Crazy Horse Adult Club.

The club at 3008 U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton was gutted by fire during the early morning hours of Jan. 6

Police said the men took 150 pounds of copper wire from the charred remains.

They were charged with misdemeanor larceny. Hockaday’s bond was set Saturday at $500; Johnson's bond was $1,000.

Meanwhile, investigation said they believe the fire may have been intentionally set.

A search warrant released Friday states that investigators detected a strong odor of gasoline following the fire.

Investigators seized several items from the scene, including insurance enrollment forms, several checks and samples of carpet and soil, according to the search warrant.

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  • Timbo Jan 14, 2008

    Man, I'm glad WRAL is covering this story so thoroughly. There's really no need to actually practice journalism and keep up with the Raleigh Snooze and do stories on the possibly unarmed marijuana grower that may have been killed by possibly incompetent law enforcement.

  • bfbnyc Jan 13, 2008

    When an insurance company totals your car - you have the option to BUY it back from them for its scrap value. Most people feel its not worth it. Especially these new cars. Now if it was a classic - yes I'd buy it back and refurbish

  • rargos Jan 13, 2008

    Adds a whole new dimension to the phrase "stipping wire"

  • KB2IYS Jan 13, 2008

    " "Isn't Clayton in Johnston county?" "

    "Indeed it is. This business was located between Garner and Clayton, inside Wake County. It really should say "Garner", but don't let me get the site administrators all stirred up this morning."

    That's OK. When the story first broke last Sunday when the club burnt down, the following mistakes were made (then fixed):

    1. Article was entitled something like "Johnston County Adult Club..."

    2. The location was given as "...Old US Highway 70", and not Highway 70 or US Route 70, etc. Old US Hwy 70 - Garner Rd - is about a half mile or so NNE.

    Just the facts ma'am!

    Jim

  • smitty Jan 13, 2008

    Back in the old days they used to burn down old houses to retrieve the nails.

  • 37 Jan 13, 2008

    "Isn't Clayton in Johnston county?"

    Indeed it is. This business was located between Garner and Clayton, inside Wake County. It really should say "Garner", but don't let me get the site administrators all stirred up this morning.

  • john283594 Jan 13, 2008

    Sounds like a lot of work for $300 dollars...

  • Chuck U Farley Jan 13, 2008

    Isn't Clayton in Johnston county?

  • syracuseinwonderland Jan 13, 2008

    "Gee folks, it's occupying perfectly good space that could be used for GOOD NEWS." ghimmy47

    My glass is half full, I'm glad they caught the copper theives.

  • syracuseinwonderland Jan 13, 2008

    "Copper theives are targeting homes were the owners are on vacation for the copper under the house." amenmike

    Thank goodness for polybutylene and aluminum.

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