Deputies: Man caught trying to steal copper from coal mine

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Fayette County deputies were called to a coal mine in Smithers on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.  The call was for trespassing, but when they arrived, they discovered a more serious crime.

The incident happened at the Lexington Coal mine.  Employees at the mine had caught the suspect trying to steal circuit breakers and copper cabling from inside one of their buildings.

Investigators found the man had done extensive damage to the equipment in the process of trying to steal the copper.  They also found an ATV and tools he used in the theft.

Jamie Lee King, 32, of Pratt, WV in Kanawha County was charged with Destruction of Property, Entering without Breaking and Attempt to Commit a Felony.  He was arraigned and taken to the Southern Regional Jail.  King’s bond is set at $50,000.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590 or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP (7867).  

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