Metal thieves damage Brigham Center; 1 arrested

Zander Wheeler was booked into the Richmond County Jail on Thursday with four counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree.

A 19-year-old has been charged after police said he caused more than $40,000 in damage while removing metal from the Henry R. Brigham Community Center.

Deputies went to the facility at 2463 Golden Camp Road on Tuesday where they discovered four 10-ton industrial sized air conditioner units and two 5-ton units had been stripped of aluminum coils and copper tubing. The damage was estimated at $45,000 to $50,000, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Kendall Brown.

Zander Wheeler was booked into the Richmond County Jail on Thursday with four counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected, police said.

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