Somerset Police Catch Copper Thieves In The Act

By: Phil Peneleton Email
By: Phil Peneleton Email

It just after 5 o'clock Monday when police were called to Reservoir Knob, just north of Somerset. The officer found two men. One of them was inside a fence where he wasn't allowed, next to a cell phone tower.

“It's obvious they were up to no good,” said Somerset Police Det. Shannon Smith.

Police suspected that Justin Wesley and Brandon Hyden were there to steal copper.

“Cell phone towers are commonly the victim of copper theft,” said Det. Smith.

Police say after the thieves probably stole from one tower they were going after copper in the second. That's when police showed up and arrested them.

But police couldn't find any evidence of copper stolen on Monday.

But that changed Tuesday when investigators returned. They found 3 copper bars in the grass a few feet from one of the tower. Each bar is worth a lot of money.

“At the very least $1,000, so I'm sure it will cost them more to replace this. Put this tower back functioning,” said Smith.

Wesley and Hyden were initially charged with criminal trespassing, but with evidence of an actual theft found, police say they could face more serious charges now.


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  • by Rhonda Location: Richmond on Jul 6, 2008 at 12:33 AM
    I don't think that people should steal by any means.I do, however, think it's pretty idiotic that it appeared on the news. Don't we have a few bank robbers still roaming the roads? Isn't there still a few rapist and murders still free as a bird in Somerset? I think that this was absolutely not TOP STORY worthy. Come on News journalist... find something else to broadcast as your #1 story for the night. Thats absolutely pathetic.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Jul 4, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    Harry, please tell me where I can get $4.07 per pound of copper.
  • by Harry Location: missing Lexington on Jul 2, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Copper has gone up almost 10 cents in the last 24 hours..... 4.07 a pound! These guys sure know about the markets!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    yep hungry for a pill. it could be food they need but i dought it.why not get a job and stop stealing.
  • by Dumas Location: Lexington on Jul 2, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    These people are obviously hungry, thanks to the Bush economy. Instead of jail time, they and their families should be given the food, clothing, and housing that they need.
  • by grumpy on Jul 2, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    find out where they were going to sell it and put them in jail also because if they would not buy this stuff no one would steal it
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jul 2, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    When is this going to stop? Make an example of them!!
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jul 2, 2008 at 03:48 AM
    They should have snuck up on them and tasered their butts. The guys would have thought they were getting electrocuted and it would have been priceless. Too bad they didn't really get electrocuted; that's justice at its best.
  • by RESIDENT Location: LEX on Jul 1, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Send them to Lexington and let them train the police here.

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