Copper Wire Thefts

By Julie Montanaro
October 13, 6:45 p.m.

A pair of thieves decides to skip the gold and silver and go straight for the copper.

Leon County deputies were called to Solomon's Landfill on Blountstown Highway late Thursday night and say they caught a couple red handed stealing two stretches of copper wire.

That wire is worth an estimated $10,000 and deputies suspect it would have quickly been sold for scrap.

LT Rory Robbins with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says the lure of quick cash is prompting quite a few copper thefts.

"It's left out, unsecured, and people go and they find it and they just break it apart or cut it apart and they go sell it for scrap for a little bit of easy money. It's a lot of work for very little pay."

John Donaldson and his wife Debbie were both arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft.

The landfill's proprietor says copper thefts are becoming a regular occurrence.