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8 indicted in Stafford County copper theft ring

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Eight people have been indicted for stealing copper wiring from a plant in Stafford County, Stafford County Sheriff's announced in a release today.

The following people were indicted on Aug. 1, 2011:

-Johnnie Ray Elliott, 39, of 6 Seaman Court

-Robert Neil Adlon, 40, of 209 Lorraine Ave. in Fredericksburg

-Wyatt Smith Rosenberger, 44

-Bryan Daniel Phillips, 29, of 6713 Timberbrooke Lane in Spotsylvania

-Marline Page Williams, 50, of 401 Rumford Road in Fredericksburg

-Derek William Smith, 20, of 3706 Fairways Court in Fredericksburg,

-Brandon Lane McBroom, 21, of Winding Hollow Drive in Fredericksburg

-Michael Robert Goddard, 20, of 2424 Deerfield Lane in Ruther Glen

Each have been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell and destruction of property.

On May 13, 2011, Stafford County Sheriff's Sgt. Lance Barley responded to the Ennstone Aggregate Plant on Kings Highway for a report of the theft of electrical copper wires.

Detectives set up a surveillance and on May 19, 2011, caught and arrested Smith. He was subsequently charged with possession of burglary tools and unlawful entry. A two-month investigation led to the arrest of seven others.

The wires controlled the power to large conveyor belts at the plant.

The facility had been closed for several months but was in the process of re-opening when the theft was discovered.

Between 1,500 – 2,000 feet wire, valued at $350,000.000, was stolen, police said. Total damage to the plant is estimated to be about $1.2 million dollars.

 

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