Utility Wire Theft Suspects Indicted
(Boone County, Ky.) – A Boone County Grand Jury has indicted six northern Kentucky residents in connection with a series of copper wires stolen from utility poles.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Scheben says the Boone County Sheriff’s Office task force has just completed a two month long investigation into the widespread theft of copper wire cut from Duke Energy’s utility poles and subsequently sold at recycling centers.
All the copper wiring, Scheben says, equates not to feet, but miles. The wiring was taken from poles in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio.
The case was presented to a Boone County Grand Jury last week. Warrants were issued and six individuals have been arrested for Engaging in organized crime, Theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000), and first degree Criminal Mischief.
- Justin Matthews, 23, of Covington, Kentucky
- Casey Jones, 27, of Covington, Kentucky
- Derek New, 25, of Dayton, Kentucky
- Robert Perkins, 24, of Elsmere, Kentucky
- Tiffanee Spivey, 24, of Independence, Kentucky
- Rachel Merkel, 23, of Florence, Kentucky.
Perkins, Spivey, Jones, and Merkel were lodged in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Matthews is currently being held in the Hamilton County, Ohio Detention Center. New has not been picked up yet.
Scheben said the recycling centers cooperated fully with investigators.