A man charged with taking large amounts of copper wire from CMC Recycling Center is accused of committing the same crime on three prior occasions.
Spencer Darnell Cotten was arrested at Newell’s Recycling Center at 960 Molly Pond Road on Sept. 14 in connection to the burglary at CMC Recycling Center earlier that morning, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Police say Cotten was captured on the center’s surveillance system, and later sold the copper wire to Newell’s Recycling Center, which is located across the street.
Further investigation revealed that Cotten had also burglarized CMC Recyling Center on Sept. 11, Sept. 12 and earlier on Sept. 14. In each incident, Cotten sold the stolen material to Newell’s Recycling Center, the statement said.
Cotten now faces three additional charges of burglary in the second degree, and most of the stolen metal has been returned to CMC Recycling Center.
According to Augusta Chronicle archives, Cotten was charged with burglary and criminal attempted theft by taking in 2011. In March of that year, Cotten escaped from the Augusta Transitional Center and was captured a day later.
In 2008, Cotten was sentenced to four years of probation and fined $1,850 for possession of cocaine.