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RCSO on the lookout for copper thief

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a person of interest in the thefts of copper wiring from businesses and homes in the Salem Road area.

Sgt. Jodi Shupe said he was described as a black man in his 20s, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, who has been known to ride a bicycle in the Salem Road area. He is sought in connection with thefts at the former Suzuki dealership at 1890 Dogwood Drive, the former AJ's Homes also on Dogwood, and two residences in the area.

According to Shupe, the Sheriff's Office was called to the former Suzuki dealership on June 10 by an employee who had come to pick up some desks. Shupe said the employee saw a white pickup truck parked at the dealership when he arrived.

Inside, the employee interrupted a person who was tearing apart the circuit box. When discovered, the suspect fled. When the employee checked outside, the pickup truck was gone.

When deputies arrived they found that approximately $100,000 in damages had been done to the building in an apparent effort to steal all of the copper wiring on the property.

Shupe said investigators have found possible links between the Suzuki burglary and damages related to copper thefts that were discovered in the modular building at the former AJ's Homes and in two vacant homes in the area. Shupe said between $4,000 and $5,000 in damages were done to the homes alone, not including the cost of the copper wiring.

She said a real estate agent who reported the thefts at the homes said a white pickup truck was also seen at one of the homes. A check of the truck's license plate revealed it was stolen out of Newton County.

Shupe said the truck is described as a white Dodge Durango.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Investigator Troy Anderson at 770-278-8157, or the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office at 770-278-8000.