March 28, 2024

Crime Stoppers Call Leads To Arrest Of Alleged Copper Thieves

Morgan Howard

On March 12, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone cutting down copper lines from an AT&T telephone pole in the area of Concord road, which caused customers to be without service. When deputies arrived on scene, they found over one tenth of a mile of missing wire from the poles.
This week, detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip pointing detectives in the right direction. Acting on the anonymous tip, detectives responded to 626 Baptist Campground Road, with a search warrant in hand, and found evidence of the crime.
Detectives found insulation that had been removed from the copper wire at the house.
The removed insulation was found in an empty swimming pool located at the house.
Detectives have arrested a pair, without incident, for allegedly stealing the copper wire from the AT&T site.
45-year-old William Robert Hannah and 50-year-old Stephanie Rena Plowman, both living at the home are charged with Grand Larceny. The estimated value of the stolen copper was nearly $16,000.
Upon further investigation, detectives said recycling companies in the area have reported multiple sales, by the duo, of more than 800 pounds of cooper. The current price of bare bright wire is approximately $3.55 per pound.
Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said,
“This is a great example of how important community involvement can be in solving crimes. If you see something, say something and Together, we can keep our citizens safe. We now look forward to holding these two accountable for their actions.”
If you have knowledge of this case or any additional information, please contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at 662-328-6788 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151 or access the P3-Tips app. You will always remain anonymous when you send a tip through Crime Stoppers and you are eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

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