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.