2 arrested with duffel bag full of stolen copper wire

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Augusta men Wednesday with a duffel bag full of copper wire that they stripped from a home, authorities said.

Antuawn Hobbs, 30, and Justin Alderidge, 20, both of the 1500 block of Keron Way, were arrested at an area recycling center, according to a news release. They are charged with first-degree burglary and possession of tools used to commit a crime.

Investigator Kendall Brown, the head of the sheriff’s metal theft division, said Hobbs and Alderidge broke into the home in the 1500 block of Pine Ridge Drive and stripped it of all copper wire and pipe, causing damage in excess of $20,000. The home is believed to be that of an active-duty military member deployed overseas, Brown said.

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