Photo Gallery | Deputies: Third suspect arrested in connection to multiple copper thefts
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested a third individual they say was wanted for multiple crimes connected with the theft of copper.
Thanks to a Crimestoppers tip, investigators arrested 30-year-old Marko Adam Gilmore on three counts of metals/unlawful transportation/possession of non ferrous metals in vehicle, and three counts of receiving stolen goods.
- On Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1601 Key Road (Advance Door Systems), Gilmore stole copper wiring from the air conditioning units valued at an estimated $4,000.00.
- On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1104 Shop Road (McWaters Incorporated), Gilmore stole copper wiring from the air conditioning units valued at an estimated $2,200.00.
- On Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1168 Andrews Road (Second Union Baptist Church, Gilmore entered the property through a fence and stole copper wiring from the air conditioning unit. Estimated damage to the unit valued at $10,000.00.
The report said on Tuesday, April 9, 27-year-old Troy Kennedy turned himself in to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division. Kennedy has been arrested for obtaining non ferrous metals unlawfully. On Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 100 Hunters Run Drive (Fortress Builders), Kennedy was tied to 150 pounds of copper taken from a home under construction: in addition he is a suspect in recent copper thefts from homes under construction.
On Friday, April 5, 26-year-old Lyndon Lamar Douglas was arrested at 10912 Garners Ferry Road (Hopkins) for receiving stolen goods, and two counts of metals/transport of stolen non ferrous metals.
- On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 701 Blythewood Road (Fairfield Electric) Douglas broke into the business by jumping the fence and stealing copper wiring.
- On Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10770 Farrow Road (SCE&G) Douglas forced entry into the business through a rear fence. Douglas stole an estimated 500 pounds of copper wiring with an estimated value of $2,000.00.
- On Thursday, December 12, 2012 at 701 Blythewood Road (Fairfield Electric Cooperative Inc.) Douglas broke into the business through a fence and stole copper wiring valued at $2,500.
- On Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10770 Farrow Road (SCE&G) Douglas entered into the business by cutting a hole into a fence and stole 685 pounds of copper valued at approximately $5,000.00.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Richland County Sheriff’s Department Investigators are continuing to search for and arrest those who commit crimes against the citizens of Richland County.
Sheriff Leon Lott added that copper theft continues to be on the rise throughout South Carolina. As long as increased demand and prices remains high it will be a problem we will have to deal with. This is why it is very important to take steps to safe guard your property as best you can from thieves who leap at every opportunity. Sheriff Leon Lott states some of the ways that we can help remove the opportunity is to:
- install cameras
- Post “No Trespassing” signs
- Put up fencing or caging up
- Locking buildings securely at night
- Use florescent paint or engraving to personalize your copper
- Possibly consider putting your company’s logo the copper
- Use DATA DOTS
- Join a Crime Watch Neighborhood Association
- Start a Crime Watch Neighborhood Association
- Take advantage of the free services from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team
This also aids in identifying materials if they’re stolen and turn up later. Remember, let’s all do what we can to remove the “opportunity”.
Sheriff Leon Lott is asking all citizens to help stop the growing problem of copper theft. Churches, businesses, and citizens are all being affected. The Sheriff added that we can start solving this problem by having you the community be our extra eyes and ears to capturing others who may be contributing to this issue.