Police: Monette man admits to stealing 300 lbs. of copper from Entergy

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man who admitted to several commercial burglaries.

On the morning of Thursday, February 28, Entergy Inc. reported a commercial burglary and theft to the Monette Police Department and supplied surveillance photos taken at the scene to the Monette Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Officers identified Bart Stewart of Monette as the man in the photos and arrested him Thursday afternoon.

Police say Stewart was found at his residence with the items that were reported stolen. Stewart was in the process of cutting the wire up in lengths to sell for scrap.

During the investigation Stewart confessed to multiple burglaries from Entergy over the past several months. "He admitted to a total of five commercial burglaries from Entergy, Incorporated spanning over the last six months," said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd.

While officers searched Stewart's home, which is located on North Carruthers across the street from the Entergy station, they found about 300 lbs. of copper and several tools that belong to utility company.

"Entergy, luckily, had recently placed surveillance cameras," said Sheriff Boyd.

The total value of the copper and equipment is about $7,500, according to police.

Entergy issued a statement about the incident, saying:

"Copper thefts carry an extreme safety risk for the thieves and for the general public. Entergy Arkansas will protect our equipment, and we do not hesitate to pursue charges of those who pose a threat to our ability to provide customers with a safe, reliable source of electricity."

Stewart is custody on the $50,000 bond.

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