The Boone County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that it has completed a two-month investigation into the widespread theft of copper wire stolen and cut from Duke Energy's utility poles and subsequently sold at recycling centers.
The sheriff's office six people are responsible for stealing miles of copper line by using tree pruners to cut it down throughout Northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio. The copper wire was then sold at recycling centers in Cincinnati, Arlington Heights and Newport. The recycling centers cooperated fully with investigators, the sheriff's office said.
One of the six individuals remains at-large.
Those charged with engaging in organized crime, theft over $10,000 and first degree criminal mischief are:
* Justin Matthews, 23, of Covington
* Casey Jones, 27, of Covington
* Derek New, 25, of Dayton, Ky.
*Robert Perkins, 24, of Elsmere
* Tiffanee Spivey, 24, of Independence and
* Rachel Merkel, 23, of Florence
Perkins, Spivey, Jones and Merkel were taken to the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Matthews is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. New hasn't been arrested yet.
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