Man Arrested, Charged With Stealing Copper Wire From Augusta Regional Airport
By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Coordinator - email
Mug shot of Jefrey Larry West (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Photo of spool of copper wire similar to stolen spool of copper wire (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Augusta, GA -
Thursday morning, Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested a man and charged him with stealing $6,000 worth of copper wire from Augusta Regional Airport.
The man is identified as 44-year-old Jefrey Larry West.
The investigation reportedly began on August 6th, after the Director of Aircraft Services and airport maintenance employees came to work and found that a 500 pound wooden spool which contained 4,500 feet of insulated copper wire was taken from the property, which was valued at $6,000.
The insulated copper wire is used for airport lighting at the facility. The investigation later revealed that West took the listed property from the business, selling it to an area recycling center, all during normal business hours and without the authorization of Augusta Regional Airport.
At the time of this arrest, West has reportedly been a temporary employee working for the Augusta Regional Airport as a laborer for almost an entire year.
West was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a single felony count of Theft By Taking.