Update: Names Released In Copper And Lead Theft Arrests

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UPDATE 2/15/2012 5:34PM

The names of three men allegedly involved in stealing thousands of dollars of lead and copper are released.

According to Washington County Sheriff's Officials, deputies arrested Richard Nolan, John Wyatt, and Jonathan Stringer for stealing copper from Eramet. Each received a $15,000 bond.

Nolan and Stringer are from the Parkersburg area. Officials say the stolen goods were found at Wyatt's Belpre Township home.

Authorities say they found 10 to 18 thousand dollars worth of copper and lead at the Wyatt's home. Deputies also found five stolen weapons from Parkersburg, a stolen bobcat and trailer from Columbus and what they believe to be multiple stolen checkbooks and GPS units.

Nolan is out on bond and the investigation is ongoing.
UPDATED: 2-14-12

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says with the help of the community's tips, they were able to locate the stolen copper.

Deputies say they got tips after showing the vehicle invovled in the theft on WTAP.

When deputies arrived at the house in the Belpre Township, they found the copper believed to be stolen from Eramet.

During investigation deputies also found a stolen bobcat and trailer from Columbus and five stolen weapons out of Parkersburg.
They also found what they believe to be, stolen checkbooks and GPSs.

The Sheriff's Office arrested three men as suspects in the theft.

Eramet's Joy Frank Collins says they are thankful for the help of the Sheriff's Office and the community but they want to remind anyone considering copper theft to thing twice.
Collins says it is extremely dangerous for all of those involved.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says it happened Friday night at the Eramet plant on State Route 7.

Several people in a white pickup truck entered the plant storage area around 6:30. They loaded about 6-8 thousand pounds of copper in the back of the truck.

Eramat says they are missing 15 thousand total pounds of copper since their last inventory. Sheriff Mincks says they're investigating if the other wires were stolen.

Each section of the wire is 4 feet, 3 inches and weighs about 40 pounds. The copper is worth 25 thousand dollars.

The truck with Ohio plates is described as a white pickup truck with wooden or metal slats for side racks.

It sped away as it exited Erament at 7 pm going East on Blue Knob Road towards State Route 7.

Anyone with information about this theft or knowledge of the owner of the vehicle is asked to call Deputy Sheriff Scott Smeeks at 740-376-7070 ext 0.

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