Copper burglars arrested

Published 5:52 pm Friday, November 14, 2008

Some time between 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, approximately 1,000 pounds of copper, a tool box and a utility trailer were stolen from Kelly’s Recycling in Thomasville, Ga., said Investigator James Dollar.

The company contacted other recycling companies in the area to make them aware of the robbery.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, two men came to Regional Recycling on Dothan Road in West Bainbridge attempting to sell a large amount of copper. Suspicious, the employee called police.

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BPS Officers Randall Carr and Rusty Day responded to the call and detained the two men, both in their 20s, Henry L. Williamson Jr. of Bainbridge, and Latham Vanover of Kentucky.

An employee from Kelly’s Recycling in Thomasville came and identified the material as being stolen from the business.

Investigators Mark Esquivel and Dollar who worked the case enlisted the help of Decatur County Sheriff’s Investigator Redell Walton, who went to Williamson’s home at 1808 Tallahassee Hwy. At the home, Walton recovered the trailer and toolbox taken from the business.

Friday afternoon, Williamson and Vanover were picked up by Thomas County Sheriff’s Department and charged with burglary.

Dollar said he will also obtain warrants for felony theft by receiving stolen property for both subjects.