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Emery County detectives release photos of copper theft suspect

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 2:11 p.m. MDT

Emery County sheriff's detectives believe this vehicle may belong to the individual responsible for a series of copper thefts from a construction company's yard between April and June 2012.

, Emery County Sheriff's Office

CASTLE DALE — Emery County sheriff's detectives have released two pictures that they hope will help generate solid tips from the public in a series of copper thefts.

Facilities owned by Nielson Construction in Castle Dale and Huntington were burglarized three times between April and June, according to detective John Barnett. The burglars stripped copper wiring from several pieces of heavy equipment, doing more than $10,000 in damage, the detective said.

"These people do more in damage than they get for the copper," said Barnett, who did not have an estimate for the value of the stolen copper.

Detectives set up a surveillance camera in the area and believe they captured an image of the suspects' vehicle. They also have a photo of a possible suspect, which they obtained from a grocery store surveillance camera.

"I don't know if the guy is from here," Barnett said, "but I think he's got buddies here."

Investigators found evidence that more than one person was involved in two of the burglaries, Barnett said. The burglary in June, though, was committed by one man, the detective said.

Anyone with information about the copper thefts should contact Emery County sheriff's detectives at 435-749-9270 or 435-609-9883. 

Geoff Liesik

Twitter: GeoffLiesik

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