Dec 17, 2013 1:17 PM

Two Arrested In Powell County Copper Theft

Two men were arrested Monday after police say they stole thousands of dollars worth of copper wire from telephone poles.

32-year-old Buster Wooten of Hazard, and 31-year-old Wesley Collins of Blackey were arrested Monday morning around 2:30 a.m. after a Powell County Deputy found tools in a pickup truck the men fled from when the deputy tried to stop them.

Their arrest citation states the deputy spotted a pickup truck driving slow while pulling a large amount of telephone wire in the back. The truck sped up when the deputy tried to pull the car over, and then pulled into a cemetery, where the men jumped out and fled.

Wooten was found in the field. Both he and Collins admitted that they were stealing phone wire because they needed money.

Officials say the men had climbers, saws and other items used to steal the copper wire from telephone poles.

Deputies say the value of the wire and the cost to repair is greater than $10,000.

Both men charged with fleeing police, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing third degree and wanton endangerment.

Wesley Collins is also charged with resisting arrest.


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