NC copper theft suspect dies from burns in Augusta hospital

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A family member said Nicholas Surrett, 39, died Tuesday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Surrett was severely burned after cutting a gas line under an unoccupied house, police said.

The Hendersonville, N.C., Times-News reports that Surrett and Ralph Shane Pace were injured in a home explosion and fire at 656 Stoney Mountain Road about 1:30 a.m. on June 11. Authorities said the men were trying to steal copper wire.

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UGADawgs
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UGADawgs 07/01/11 - 09:29 am
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This guy got what he
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This guy got what he deserved. He should be nominated for a Darwin Award.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 07/01/11 - 10:00 am
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Sad but true. Ditto what

Sad but true. Ditto what Dawgs said.

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dichotomy 07/01/11 - 10:18 am
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I've been waiting for some of

I've been waiting for some of our local thieving scumbags to get electrocuted trying to steal copper wire and cutting up air conditioners. Oh well, one can only hope. When it happens, please excuse my chuckle.

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seenitB4 07/01/11 - 10:25 am
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They should put this in

They should put this in headlines across tv cable.......

Chillen
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Chillen 07/01/11 - 11:59 am
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Karma.

Karma.

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rmwhitley 07/01/11 - 03:43 pm
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Hard to have sympathy.
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Hard to have sympathy.

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ecw1984 11/21/11 - 07:59 am
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scumbags?...well hopfully the

scumbags?...well hopfully the type of scumbags who belittle's a mans death will suffer a slow painful death too,i was friends with both these men they both had long criminal records and they were trying to provide money to feed their familys,the town we live in has NO jobs and if you have any kind of record it's impossible 2 find work,they were wrong in what they were doing but ask yourself if your kids were hungrey and you were about to lose your home wouldn't you do whatever you had 2 in order to provide for them?...if your answer is anything but yes then your the real scumbag,the house they were trying to steal the copper from was abonded they weren't trying to hurt anyone,and if you ever are at rock bottom i hope someone makes lite of what happens to you!

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InChristLove 11/21/11 - 08:19 am
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ecw1984, sorry for the lost

ecw1984, sorry for the lost of your friends. I know there are those struggling out there but crime is never the answer. If this man had a family he is trying to feed then there are plenty of soup kitchens and food banks available that he could have taken avantage of. Think of what kind of example he was setting for his kids should they ever have their family in the same position. There are many churches and other organizations that can help people in need with bills, food, clothing, and work. The house may have been abandoned but the homeowner is hurt when you steal from them, maybe not physically but financially they are. If both had long criminal records, I doubt they were stealing to feed their family.

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Vito45 11/21/11 - 10:37 am
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Ditto ICL. To answer ecw,

Ditto ICL. To answer ecw, YES. I would steal to feed my children if there were no other alternative, but as ICL points out, in this country there are tons of people and agencies that will help.
I am sorry your friend suffered a painful death penalty for his crime though. I don't wish his manner of death on anyone.

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Little Lamb 11/21/11 - 10:49 am
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Natural gas lines normally

Natural gas lines normally are heavy steel. How would two thieves get copper wiring mixed up with steel piping?

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