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Missouri residents charged with copper theft

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office arrested three Missouri men Aug. 7 after they allegedly sold stolen copper wire at a local recycling facility.

Dusty Lee Rhoades, 18, of Farmington, Mo., and Tyler James Hunter, 19, and Gary Dennis Holtz Jr., 19, of Bourbon, Mo., are charged with stealing copper sheets from a company in Sullivan, Mo., and selling it for $3,318.40 at the 62 Recycling Center.

Fulton County Criminal Investigator Terry Walker said Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns notified him that five suspects at the Sharp County Sheriff's Department needed to be interviewed.

Walker interviewed all five suspects; they were released due to lack of evidence to hold them in custody, Walker said.

Within a few minutes Burns contacted Walker and told him not to release the suspects. "Burns stated to me that he had spoken with officers at Sullivan Police Department in Missouri about a break-in at Industrial Wire Products in Sullivan," Walker said.

Walker said Burns contacted the human resource director in Sullivan and confirmed the lot numbers on the copper had been sold to 62 Recycling Center.

Martin and Burns found the suspects at Wal-Mart in Ash Flat and escorted them to the Fulton County Jail for questioning.

Walker said Holtz, Rhoades and Hunter confessed to the theft after being read their Miranda rights.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said the other two individuals, both males, in the car were not arrested. He said the two said they thought they were going to the Spring River to go camping and didn't know anything about the copper. He said the copper was hidden under firewood in the back of the pickup truck they were driving.

Dillinger said the two individuals paid for the gas to travel to the area. He said the three who were arrested backed up the story.

All three are charged with theft by receiving, a class B felony.

Rhoades, Hunter and Holtz posted bond in the amount of $5,000 each and were released from the Fulton County Jail Aug. 10. They are due to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Sept. 5 for a hearing.

Dillinger said 62 Recycling was returned the money they had paid for the stolen copper. He said the recycling plant has set aside the copper and will return it to its owner.

Nickolas Paul Baylander, 18, of Salem is facing charges in relation to an alleged theft at a Salem business.

Harold Hurst, owner of Harold's Used Furniture in Salem, arrived at his business Aug. 1 and discovered the glass broken out of a window in its rear door, Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said.

Hurst noticed $100 missing and fireworks he sold were missing, Roork said. He said the total amount was less than $500.

Roork said he received information that Nickolas Baylander of the Meadows Apartments had fireworks.

Roork went to the apartment and asked Baylander for his consent to search. He said Baylander gave permission. Roork said he found the fireworks in the bedroom, and $5 and $1 bills and a can of change were found on the kitchen table as well, Roork said.

Roork said he read Baylander confessed to stealing the money and fireworks after being read his Miranda rights. Roork said Baylander told him he acted alone.

Baylander is charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony, and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor.

Baylander posted bond in the amount of $2,500 and was released from the Fulton County Jail Aug. 1. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Sept. 6 for a hearing.



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