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Hagerstown man gets probation in theft of copper

August 07, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty in June to stripping copper groundwire from utility poles was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation Monday, Washington County District Court records show.

Jeffrey Lynn Morris, 42, of 102 Harvard Road, was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service and to repay Allegheny Power $3,460.60 in monthly installments of $200, court records show.

Charging documents say Morris cut ground wire from 13 poles along Howell Road, which runs between Edgewood Drive and Mount Aetna Road, on April 16.

One resident reported seeing a man use a ladder to cut wire from a pole and contacted Allegheny Power.

The man had a white pickup truck that said "UtiliQuest." Morris worked for UtiliQuest, which marks underground lines for construction projects, but had no reason to be in Hagerstown for his job, according to charging documents.

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Police said they learned that Cumberland Valley Recycling paid Morris $189 for 60 pounds of bare copper wire.

Morris pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $500, court records show. One count of theft under $500 was dismissed.

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