Three York County, S.C., men have been arrested in connection with a series of copper thefts, including one case that left customers without electricity in the Clover area.
The cases cover three counties and two states, including the city of Charlotte, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say the three men – Gary Lee Scott, 27; Mark Allen Main, 23; and Robert Keith Sweeney, 45 – are charged with grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, larceny and malicious injury to telephone/electrical systems.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began in December after the theft of copper wiring from cellphone towers and electric co-op substations in the South Carolina towns of Clover, Sharon, Hickory Grove, York and Smyrna.
On Feb. 20, officials at York Electric contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported that grounding wires had been cut at a substation on Green Pond Drive near Clover. The damage caused a power outage.
Deputies called in a K-9 unit and they say the trail took investigators to a Clover residence where Scott and Main lived. Detectives said they searched the residence and found items connected to the thefts.
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