A Mathews Mill Village woman and a Grendel Mill Village man became the second and third suspects arrested this week following reports copper was stolen from an Abbeville plant.
Lakia Tolbert, 30, of 705 Holloway Ave., Greenwood, and Kendrick Brown, 36, of 307 Baldwin Ave., Greenwood, were arrested Tuesday and charged with unlawful transportation of nonferrous metals in connection with the incident.
Courtney Tolbert, a 31-year-old Mathews Mill Village man, was booked Monday on the same charge. Investigators contend the pair arrested Tuesday was also involved with the scheme. According to a Greenwood County incident report:
Deputies became aware of the stolen materials after the two Mathews Mill Village suspects turned in $430 worth of copper plates at C&C Metal Recycling in Greenwood last week. Owners from a precision castings plant in Abbeville confirmed Monday the copper was stolen from their facility.
Officers questioned the suspects Monday, who implicated the Grendel Mill Village man in the theft, saying the two stole the copper plates by hiding them in their pants and walking them out of the Abbeville plant after they got off work. Officers questioned the second male suspect, and he said he got the idea to steal the copper from his counterpart.
"I've been working for (the Abbeville plant) for 13 years, and I just messed up," he told officers.