JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A copper theft victim had no trouble finding the culprit; Jonesboro police say he just followed the tracks.
Monday morning the victim reported discovering two large wooden spools of coaxial cable missing from his backyard in the 2700-block of North Church.
The victim told police he "followed tracks in the grass where the spools had been rolled to a strip of woods behind his property and observed a beat down path where someone had pushed the spools through the strip of woods."
According to the initial incident report, the man followed the path to a mobile home in the 800-block of Sweetheart Lane. There he reportedly observed some burn piles in the yard, along with remnants of cable and the wooden spools.
He then called police to the scene.
While the officer was investigating the burn piles, 47-year-old Kelly Sue Bass reportedly came out of the mobile home and asked what he and the victim were doing.
After confirming she lived at the residence, the officer asked her about the spool and pieces of burned cable.
"Mrs. Bass said that she had got them, burned them, and took them to TRG for recycling," the officer stated in the report.
The officer arrested Bass on suspicion of theft greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000-all others and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.
She is accused of stealing $10,776.70 worth of coaxial cable, along with various converters, cable hangers and connectors valued at $2,548.
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