A second man was arrested Thursday night after being implicated in multiple copper thefts in Greenwood County.
Marty Vaughn, 32, of 108 Vaughn Drive, Belton, was charged with unlawful transportation of nonferrous metals and two counts of injury to real property, fixtures or improvements to obtain nonferrous metals, damage of $5,000 or less in connection with the incidents.
The Anderson County man was the second person arrested this week and charged with stealing copper. Samuel Carter, 31, of Honea Path, was taken into custody Wednesday morning after being found near the scene of an incident where more than $20,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from several Duke Energy power lines on S.C. Highway 178. According to a Greenwood County report:
Officers linked Carter to the thefts on Highway 178, and that suspect gave a full confession, admitting he cut copper lines at three other Greenwood County locations. He implicated the Anderson County suspect in two of those thefts.
According to his confession, the two men worked together to steal $2,800 worth of copper from Mount Olive Road, within a stone's throw of Saluda County, and $3,500 worth of copper wiring from Beaverdam Creek Road just off S.C. Highway 67 in Greenwood. The man said he stole $2,800 worth of copper by himself on Callison Road.
Afterward, he said the pair transported the copper to a storage building in Belton. Anderson County deputies recovered the wire from that storage building Wednesday. Records indicated Carter would be charged with six additional charges connected to the thefts he admitted to.