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Man charged in airport metals theft

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 4:49 PM
Last updated 7:09 PM
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A 44-year-old man has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 in copper wire from Augusta Regional Airport, where he was employed.

Jefrey Larry West  SPECIAL
Jefrey Larry West

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Investigators were called to the airport July 6 when a 500-pound wooden spool holding 4,500 feet of insulated copper wire was reported missing, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s news release. The wire is used for lighting the airport.

Police later discovered that the wire had been sold to an area recycling center by Jefrey Larry West, who has been employed at the airport as a temporary laborer for nearly a year.

West was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on a felony charge of theft by taking.

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ragingbull 09/05/13 - 06:54 pm
How dumb can one get? That is

How dumb can one get? That is like stealing the elephant from the circus and hoping no one notices. Get a good attorney, claim some sort of financial hardship, and act like you don't know what is going on when they all start snickering in court.

just an opinion
just an opinion 09/05/13 - 10:15 pm
Press charges against the recycling center!

You don't think they knew it was stolen? Yeah right. Receiving stolen goods. Do it. Set an example. The only way you are stop this is to arrest the buyer as well.

ragingbull 09/05/13 - 10:39 pm
just an opinion- I agree with

just an opinion- I agree with you 100%. It's not every day that someone pulls into a recycling facility with a 500lb. spool of wire in tow. And it still had the insulation on the wire intact. Proof of ownership is not a requirement to sell something to a recycling facility. And I assure you in this instance they knew exactly what they were buying. I had a 1995 Ford Taurus stolen off the side of I-20 in 2010, and every recycling facility I talked to in 75 mile radius said they did not require proof of ownership. They claimed they did take the personal info and kept a record of VIN numbers of vehicles they purchased for recycling, but it seemed funny that of all the recycling facilities I visited in search of my vehicle none of them had no record of that VIN. I doubt that they had a record of who sold junk items for recycling. As you alluded to in your post, they do not want to appear guilty of receiving stolen goods.

rmwhitley 09/06/13 - 09:20 am
Somebody is

buying this stuff. Catch them and send them to Hays State prison in Trion.

Sweet son
Sweet son 09/07/13 - 12:00 pm
We Don't Know....

what the procedures are at the recycling center are. Maybe they bought it and immediately called the Sheriff's Office to report the find. I believe it takes a drivers license to sell at the centers so they had his info and probably a photocopied sample of his picture.

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