Archive for Monday, December 27, 2010

Officers arrest Oskaloosa man as suspect in attempted copper wire theft from Hamm Quarry

December 27, 2010


Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers have arrested an Oskaloosa man as a suspect in an attempted copper wire theft from the Hamm Quarry north of Lawrence.

Sheriff’s officers were called about 6 a.m. Friday to the landfill and quarry, which is north of U.S. Highway 24-59, after company officials discovered one of their trucks had been driven over a rock barrier and was stuck in a ditch.

Officers discovered copper wire in the back of the truck, which had been driven through and over large rocks that are placed in the area to keep the public from driving into the quarry. Sheriff’s officials believe the suspects cut 500 to 600 feet of copper wire from the quarry’s conveyor and loaded it onto the truck.

An area resident reported seeing something suspicious in the area that night, and officers later arrested 52-year-old Robert Miller, of Oskaloosa, who faces several charges, including felony theft and criminal damage to property.

Sheriff Jeff Herrig said the investigation continues because investigators believe at least one more person was involved. He also said officers are looking into other copper thefts committed there and at another quarry Hamm owns near Meriden in western Jefferson County.


pizzapete 7 years, 5 months ago

Good to hear they caught this guy, stealing other peoples stuff is not cool.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 5 months ago

About time the cops caught someone doing this. These guys do thousands of dollars of damage just so they can make a few bucks. I hope he get's years in the pen.

somebodynew 7 years, 5 months ago

While I am VERY happy that the neighbor spoke up and they were able to catch this idiot, I wish the neighbor had made a call that night when they saw " something suspicious ", so that the guy could have been caught in-the-act. Oh well, good guys 1; bad guys 0, that is what counts.

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