2 charged in copper theft investigation

Pemiscot County, MO (KAIT)- The Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department has charged two men in connection with an ongoing investigation on copper thefts in Southeast Missouri.

According to Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, Pemiscot County deputies and investigators have been working for the last week a copper wiring theft from a center pivot. The incident happened about two weeks ago on the Vanausdall Farm, just outside of Caruthersville. Police say there were several thousands of dollars taken in the copper wiring.

Authorities got leads on possible suspects and began questioning them,  also following up with information concerning where the copper wire was sold to which revealed a salvage and recycling center in Dunklin County. Most of the suspects have been questioned.

Ernest Davis, 21, of Caruthersville has been charged with felony stealing in the Vanausdall theft. Bond has been set at $10,000.00. He is expected to appear before a judge Monday, November 8.

Thursday morning police and investigators were called to the Campbell farm, just outside of Cooter, Missouri concerning theft of copper wiring.  An employee saw the suspect and detained him until deputies arrived. Approximately $1500.00 of Copper wire had been taken at first report.

The suspect, Jason Potts, has been charged with felony stealing in connection to the thefts at Campbell Farms.  Bond has been set at $10,000.00. Additional charges are expected in both cases with other arrests.

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