Men Arrested In Connection With Copper Thefts

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Four Topeka men were arrested while trying to sell copper wire that authorities suspect was stolen.

Deputies first responded to Mid-States Materials LLC, 2 North 1700 Road, Lecompton, just before 8:30 a.m. Monday (9/10). They were called there on a report of criminal damage and theft. Deputies said perpetrators entered the property and cut an estimated 1,000 feet of copper wiring between a generator and the plant, as well as wiring from the plant structure itself. Estimated damage and loss are believed to be approximately $30,000.

A Mid-States employee notified salvage yards in the Topeka area of the incident and warned that the perpetrators may be attempting to sell copper wiring stolen from the business. A salvage yard then notified the Topeka Police Department that four men were attempting to sell copper wire at Advantage Metals, 1628 NW Gordon.

Topeka Police Officers and Sheriff Deputies arrested four men at Advantage Metals in connection with the copper theft and criminal damage, after the four men attempted to sell the copper wiring.

John D. Smith, 31; Frankie Lee Graham Jr., 31; Tyler Andrew Bodenhamer, 19; and Shawn Michael William, 19, all of Topeka, were transported to the law enforcement center and interviewed by investigators, then booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 2:30 p.m.

Each of the men was booked in connection with one felony count of theft and criminal damage to property. Williams, Graham and Smith also were booked in connection with one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespassing.


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