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Georgetown police catch suspected copper thieves in the act

GEORGETOWN Ky. (WKYT) - Georgetown police say copper thieves cut through a fence at the AT&T facility on Main Street Extended and stole copper wiring several times over the past month.

Police say they started staking out the facility until they caught the suspected burglars in the act Sunday night.

Investigators say David Mansfield, 24, started running from officers but they caught him after he fell into a creek.

He’s charged with theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and possessing burglary tools.

Police say because Mansfield took a hard fall he was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still searching for one of the suspected burglars who stole copper wiring and tools.

Police say they've been trying to catch the men for a month and now that they have Mansfield they hope they can make a second arrest.

"All the copper facilities that take in scraps are required to get identification of whoever is turning in the copper to them. So that will be tremendous help to us in expanding the search beyond central Kentucky,” said Capt. Robert Swanigan.

Mansfield declined our request for a jail interview.


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