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Police say man resold stolen copper wire to another recycling center

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 4:41 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 1:08 AM
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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 faces four charges of burglary after stealing copper from the CMC Recycling Center.  SPECIAL
Spencer Darnell Cotten faces four charges of burglary after stealing copper from the CMC Recycling Center.

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.

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rmwhitley 09/23/13 - 05:46 pm
Your lowyer based

justice system hard at work, as usual.

nocnoc 09/23/13 - 05:59 pm
Some times

stealing from Pete to get paid by Paul gets you caught by John Law.
Kudos and Good Job well done to the RCSO Stolen Metal Investigators

itsanotherday1 09/23/13 - 07:29 pm
Obviously, he IS as dumb as

Obviously, he IS as dumb as he looks.

JRC2024 09/23/13 - 11:24 pm
Chain him to the wall so he

Chain him to the wall so he can't escape. Use some of the copper wire he stole to make the chain.

Marinerman1 09/24/13 - 08:10 am
If There Is A Silver Lining...

At least he did not rip the wire out of the walls of a house, causing major damage, nor did he tear apart someone's outside air conditioner. He was just recycling - from one recycler to another. He was simply redistributing wealth... : - )

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