KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — One man was arrested after selling stolen copper to recycling centers around Kanawha County for several months.
During a press conference from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, they say Clarence Wayne Giles, 31 of Charleston, was the man arrested.
Deputies say Giles would take the copper from light poles in the Kanawha County area.
They say Giles had received $16,000 for the copper.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Joe Crawford says the damage was more than just a few dimmed lights. He says the amount stolen was, “pretty substantial to the infrastructure.”
Deputies say the estimated damage and restoration is nearly $1.5 million.
Areas impacted include Charleston, Sissonville and South Charleston. They say more areas could have been impacted.
Giles is being charged with Grand Larceny, Receiving or Transferring Stolen Goods, Entry of Building Other than Dwelling, Removal, Injury to or Destruction of Property, MonumentsDesignating Land Boundaries and of Certain No Trespassing Signs, Obtaining Money, Property and Services by False Pretenses and Damage or Destruction of Railroad or Public Utility Company Property, or Real or Personal Property Used for Producing, Generating, Transmitting, Distributing, Treating or Collecting Electricity, Natural Gas, Coal, Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Telecommunications or Cable Service.
The investigation is ongoing.