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Alleged copper thieves jailed

Two men have been jailed by Spalding sheriff’s deputies for allegedly stealing copper wire. The full release from Capt. Tony Ranieri of the Spalding S.O. follows: A concerned citizen’s keen eye helped deputies on Tuesday 01/10/2012 at around 1:00 p.m., when the concerned citizen observed a small red vehicle stop on Carver Road and drop off a male who exited the vehicle and walked towards an abandoned house. The citizen stated the vehicle continued on Carver Road. According to Sheriff Wendell Beam deputies from the Patrol Division, Warrant Division and Investigations responded to the location and were able to apprehend the male suspect crawling under the house and removing the copper wiring. With the information that had been received Sheriff Beam stated deputies began setting up along Carver Road to await the small red car to come back and pick the first suspect up. Within 20 minutes Sheriff Beam stated the small red car returned to the area and deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver. The suspects were identified as Stephen Charles Jennings 56 years old of Griffin; and John David Butler 32 years old of Griffin. According to Sheriff Beam Jennings has been charged with Parties to the Crime of Criminal Damage to Property; Butler has been charged with Theft by Taking Felony, Criminal Damage to Property. The extent of the damage to the resident exceeded 500.00 according to the Sheriff.

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