Recent copper theft investigations by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department have resulted in three arrests.
23 year old Edward Lee Judkins Jr. and 26 year old Marie Biddle, both of Fisher Avenue, Smithville, were charged on February 26th with theft of property over $1,000.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says both Judkins and Biddle were charged as the result of an investigation into the theft of copper guttering down spouts from a residence in the Hillcrest area in DeKalb County. Judkins, employed by a tree service business, was doing some work at a residence and spotted the copper at the victim's home next door. He allegedly stole the down spouts and sold them. Detectives were able to locate the copper which was sold to Ivy Bluff Scrap Metal in Morrison. Bond for both Judkins and Biddle was set at $10,000 and their court date is March 13th.Read the rest of this article