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Two charged in Wake courthouse copper theft

Posted August 5, 2011

— Raleigh police arrested two men Thursday on charges that they stole 42 spools of copper wire from the construction site of Wake County's new courthouse.

Ernest Coy Daw, 27, and Weston McKinley Auston Taylor, 29, were in the Wake County jail Friday morning on one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Police say the copper wire, valued at more than $14,000, was stolen last Friday morning from the site of the Wake County Justice Center, at 300 S. Salisbury St.

Authorities have been able to recover more than half of the stolen wire, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Friday morning.

The $214 million, 11-story, 577,000-square-foot Wake County Justice Center is expected to open in spring 2013.


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  • beachboater Aug 8, 2011

    Notice they have only recovered 1/2 of the stolen wire. Somebody bought that wire, new on a roll. These guys are selling new wire for scrap prices? It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to know they are buying stolen property.

    Until you take the profit out of it, these thefts will continue. Can you imagine stealing the copper from under a house? It's done everyday.

  • twc Aug 5, 2011

    Don't steal from the taxpayers, it's the rich who have the money.

  • twc Aug 5, 2011

    Successful detectives have to be able to think like a thief. That doesn't take a lot of brains.
    Successful thieves need to be able to think like a detective. That takes a lot of brains.
    If you had a lot of brains you wouldn't be a thief in the first place.

  • horsyset Aug 5, 2011

    "Weston Taylor is a field employee of my company. He was a worker at the Courthouse... very frustrating!!!"

    ...not any longer, I hope!

    Maybe as part of their plea deals they will tell the police what scrap companies bought their stolen copper and get them arrested and put out of business. If there was not a market for this obviously stolen metal, maybe the thefts would dry up.

  • bljnnc2004 Aug 5, 2011

    Poor things. They look so sad. I guess it was a happier time when they were busily stealing wire from the courthouse (they now hope will help them).

  • koolbike1 Aug 5, 2011

    I think the names are wrong... these look like the Dumas brothers.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 5, 2011

    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman
    GOLO member since February 23, 2011
    Yep your right, the court system budget needed to be cut, but since it's lawyers, they going get their's first.

  • bigal02282 Aug 5, 2011

    They don't look very happy?????????

  • anne53ozzy Aug 5, 2011

    Is it so hard to secure this stuff? WE read about the theft of this materal frequently....am I thinking ins fraud? Maybe

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 5, 2011

    Let me try to understand this, we're cutting teacher and DSS positions, but we're building a new courthouse.

    WTHeck kind of sense does that make???

    If you fully staff teacher and DSS positions, you have a good chance of having to use the courthouse less because better educated and cared for children rarely grow up to be criminals.