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FWC officers catch men stealing copper

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3428

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers patrolling Lake George Wildlife Management Area Friday night caught a pair of Volusia County men stealing copper wire from a utility pole. The two men now face felony and misdemeanor charges.

FWC officers James Yetter, Patrick Koch and Duane North were on routine patrol when they spotted a suspicious vehicle driving back and forth on Nine Mile Point Road in the public hunting area. They watched the vehicle stop and two men get out near a public utility pole. One of the men climbed a ladder and cut the ground wire, and the two of them put the copper wire in the back of their truck.

The officers arrested Brian Keith Fender (DOB 01-10-85) of Deland and Thomas Joseph Reynolds (DOB 11-25-83) of Deleon Springs. They were each charged with theft from a public utility (first-degree felony) and trespass on a public utility pole (first-degree misdemeanor). Both were booked into Volusia County Jail on $5,500 bond each.

The FWC impounded the truck and placed the wire in evidence. Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted the FWC officers and transported the suspects to the jail.



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