Three Charged In Recent Copper Theft Investigations

March 3, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

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.

Meanwhile, Judkins and 27 year old Rickey Lynn Martin of Judkins Lane Smithville were charged on February 27th with theft of property under $500. Sheriff Ray says Judkins and Martin were visiting friends on Colvert Lake Road in Smithville when they took 100 feet of copper wire from the residence. The copper wire was also sold to Ivy Bluff Scrap Metal in Morrison. Bond for both Judkins and Martin was set at $2,500 and their court date is March 13th.

21 year old Zack Ross Hendrixson of West Main Street, Hickman was charged on February 26th with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended driver's license. Sheriff Ray says Hendrixson was the driver of a 1999 GMC pickup truck which left the roadway on Highway 56 north near the Briarwood subdivision. According to Sheriff Ray, Hendrixson did leave the scene and was arrested later. He also admitted to being the driver of the vehicle. Bond was set at $4,000 and his court date is March 12th.

51 year old Steve Franklin Mabe Sr. of Hall Road Alexandria was arrested on February 27th on two counts of possession of a schedule drug for resale, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Ray says Mabe was stopped on Nashville Highway around the Snow Hill area for a traffic violation. Upon consent to search, Detectives found an unmarked pill bottle containing six 10 milligram Hydrocodone pills, ten 10 milligram valiums, marijuana, and rolling papers in Mabe's shirt pocket. Detectives also seized a 1988 Ford Escort and $1,252 in cash from Mabe. His bond was set at $90,000 and his court date is March 13th.

47 year old Donna Harry and 56 year old Charles Harry of Miller Road, Christiana, Tennessee were arrested on February 29th after detectives stopped them for erratic driving on Nashville Highway in Liberty. Sheriff Ray says Donna Harry was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence after detectives administered field sobriety tasks on her which she failed. Harry and her husband ,Charles, were also arrested for possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) for resale after detectives found over an ounce of marijuana in their vehicle. The Harry's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo was also seized. Bond for Donna Harry was set at $13,000 and Charles Harry's bond was set at $10,000. The court date for both was set for March 20th.

20 year old Gustavo Torres of Blue Springs Road, Smithville was charged on March 2nd with DUI 2nd offense after county deputies found him passed out and behind the wheel of his vehicle on Ferrell Road. Sheriff Ray says Torres had run his vehicle off in the ditch. Bond was set at $3,000 and his court date is March 20th.

Also on March 2nd, Deputies responded to a call on Cookeville Highway of a man standing in the middle of the road. When Deputies arrived, they found 37 year old Bobby Marsh of Dedham Street, Rockville Tennessee standing in the roadway. Deputies noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Marsh's person and he was unsteady on his feet. Marsh was charged with public intoxication and bond was set at $1,000. He will appear in court on March 20th.

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