Church’s Pic Leads To Copper Theft Arrest

| September 4, 2011

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. — A surveillance picture has led to an arrest in the case of a church struck by four copper thefts in two weeks, according the the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Whitney Baptist Church reported that the copper pipes leading to two of its air conditioning units had been repeatedly cut off by thieves over a two-week period.

Claude Thomason, a church deacon, said the fourth theft happened on Wednesday afternoon, but he said he was able to catch a man on camera at the time of the theft.

Later that day, Mintz Scrap Iron and Metal contacted deputies about a man who tried to sell scrap metal using someone else's scrap metal sales license.

Investigators compared surveillance video from the scrap yard to the picture from the church and determined that both images showed the same man.

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