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Two charged in Wake courthouse copper theft

Posted August 5, 2011 10:11 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2011 10:34 a.m. EDT

— 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.