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Va. man charged with stealing copper wire from Williamsport power substation

July 04, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - A Newport News, Va., man was charged Thursday with stealing copper wire from an Allegheny Energy power station in Williamsport.

Deon Lavar Stokes, 28, is facing one count of theft more than $500.

Police allege in charging documents in Washington County District Court that Stokes sold 294 pounds of copper wire for $705.60 at Cumberland Valley Recycling in Hagerstown.

A Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy wrote in charging documents that he was called to the recycling business on Thursday morning while Stokes was still there.

The wire was identified as belonging to Allegheny Energy Supply.

Stokes was a subcontractor for Allegheny Energy Supply, but wouldn't say how he received the copper wire, charging documents say.

Allegheny Energy Supply reported that the wire was stolen on June 30, charging documents say.

Stokes was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to return to court Sept. 16.

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