3 arrested after copper stolen from vacant industrial building

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) – The Caruthersville Police Departmentsays three arrests have been made following a five-month investigation into aburglary and theft of copper from a vacant industrial building.

Police say copper wires were stolen from 101 Industrialdrive, a building belonging to Gleason Industrial Products of Santa Monica, CA,on November 4. As a result, Melissa Lindsey, 29, Marion Dewayne Lindsey, 32,and Phillip Krech, 33, all of Blytheville are facing several charges inconnection with the thefts.

According to police, officers inspected the building after AmerenMO, and electric company, reported that someone had damaged a conduit and stolean undetermined amount of copper electric wire.

Inside the building,police say they noticed a large breaker cabinet that looked like it had beenpulled from its foundation with a vehicle and noticed that all the largediameter copper wiring had been stripped from the whole building.

A representative with Gleason Industrial says the buildingsustained approximately $150,000 in damage.

Melissa Lindsey was arrested March 6 and faces second degreeburglary, felony stealing, and first degree property damage. She bonded out ofthe Pemiscot County Jail March 23 after posting $25,000 bond.

Marion Lindsey and Phillip Krech were arrested March 29 andface second degree burglary, felony stealing, and first degree property damage.Lindsey bonded out March 29 after posting $50,000 bond, and Krech bonded out onthe same day after posting $25,000 bond.

More arrests are expected in this case.

The Caruthersville Police Department would like to thank thePemiscot County Sheriff Department and the Mississippi County, Arkansas Sheriff'sDepartment with their help into this investigation.

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