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Copper thieves caught in the act; three charged with theft near Magnolia

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Quick action by an alert resident and Carrollton police resulted in the arrest last week of two men who were caught removing copper pipes from the basement of a Butler Ave. residence.

Charged with burglary and possession of criminal tools, felonies of the 2nd and 5th degrees, and petty theft, a 1st degree misdemeanor, are Stafford E. Cumberledge Jr., 37, of 115 Maple St., Scio, and Ryan T. Wilson, 21, of 3264 Chase Rd. SE, Carrollton.

Both are being held in the Carroll County jail on $250,000 cash/surety bonds each set by Carroll County Municipal Court Judge Gary L. Willen. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for the pair for Dec. 13 before Judge Willen.

According to a Carrollton police department report, officers were dispatched to the Butler Ave. residence at 12:16 a.m. Dec. 6 when the owner thought someone was in the basement.

Upon arrival, the two officers found Cumberledge and Wilson in the basement with copper pipe in their hands. Officers also noticed a large duffel type sized bag full of copper in the same room.

Both Cumberledge, who is a probation violator in Common Pleas Court, and Wilson were taken to the Carroll County jail for questioning and booking.

Three area men are facing felony charges after they were implicated in theft related crimes in the Magnolia area.

The subjects are Randall Rapp, 19, of 3122 Bedrock Rd. NW, Dellroy, Kyle R. Baker Myers, 20, of 1136 Glory Rd., Carrollton, and Jordan L. Burkhart, 20, of 3251 Gorge Rd. SW, Dellroy, who are each charged with breaking and entering and theft, both 5th degree felonies.

According to Carroll County Sheriff Dale R. Williams, the three were taken into custody during the third week of November after he discovered that a large amount of tractor parts were scrapped at scrap yards on two different occasions. The items scrapped were found to be reported stolen from the Magnolia area, the Sheriff said. The stolen items involved tractor parts, wheels, aluminum rims, motor and steel.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Jan. 18 in 

Municipal Court for the trio, who have been released on $20,000 recognizance bonds each.

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