GCSO say Honea Path man was stealing copper
Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:24 AM
Greenwood County deputies arrested an Abbeville County man who admitted to stealing copper near Saluda County on Wednesday morning.
Samuel Carter, 31, of 7902 S.C. Highway 20, Honea Path, was charged with unlawful transportation of nonferrous metals in connection with the incident.
Officers received reports someone was stealing copper wiring from power poles owned by Duke Energy along S.C. Highway 178, in the deep recesses of Greenwood County, near the Saluda County border. According to a county incident report:
Officers responded and found the suspect hiding in a pickup truck parked in a wooded area. The man initially told officers he had nothing to do with stealing copper, but eventually admitted to being part of the theft following questioning at the Greenwood County Law Enforcement Center. Officers found a pipe commonly used to smoke meth as well as small quantities of meth on the man.
Investigators think a second suspect was also involved in the theft. Duke Energy officials told officers 30 spans of wire were cut in the area and estimated it would cost about $21,000 to replace the damaged lines.