North Augusta officers caught a metal thief in the act early this morning.
Authorities were called to a home construction site on the 100 block of Mossy Oak Circle shortly after midnight for a suspicious person. According to an incident report, authorities discovered a man holding a knife in the garage.
Throughout the vacant residence, officers located bundles of damaged copper wiring on the floor and hanging from the walls.
The suspect, identified as Jacob Edward Compton, 22, of the 200 block of Rosemary Street in Belvedere, was transported to the North Augusta Public Safety headquarters for questioning. The suspect was issued a citation, the report said.