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Roanoke Rapids man arrested in copper theft

Posted November 21, 2010

— A Roanoke Rapids man was caught while trying to steal copper wiring from under a house on North Carolina Highway 48, police said.

Halifax County deputies arrested Reginald Lawrence Blanding, 51, on Friday. after a short foot chase. He was carrying a hammer and hand tools, police said.

Blanding is charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, injury to real property and resisting a public officer.

Blanding was being held under a $6,000 bond in the Halifax County jail on Sunday.

His next court date is Dec. 7.


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  • airbornemonty Nov 23, 2010

    Holly smoke, this old dude is 51 years old, I guess a thief never out grows the habit.

    Perhaps a few years in prison might straighten him out. Besides he'll be a few years older and a lot slower than he was this time and decide that another profession just might worth pursuing.

  • doubletrouble Nov 22, 2010

    Time for the Castle Law folks...copper to begin with, next will be coming into occupied homes for whatever he can take.

  • hobco1 Nov 22, 2010

    one word...........CRACK

  • Winston Nov 22, 2010