Man faces grand larceny charge in copper wire theft
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 AM
A Neshoba County man has been charged with two counts of grand larceny in connection with the theft of copper wiring from an AT&T cell phone tower, the authorities said.
Marvin Wesley Barrett, 53, of 10230 Road 608, was charged with taking copper wiring from a cell phone tower on county Road 707, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
"We got a call on Saturday, July 5 of suspicious activity at a cell tower site on county Road 707," he said.
Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene around 9:30 a.m. to find a car stuck at the tower, some cut wire in the trunk and on the ground and a pair of bolt cutters, he said.
"Entry had been made through a fence that was cut," the sheriff said.
Deputies eventually located Barrett in a nearby wooded area and he was arrested without incident and charged with two counts of grand larceny.
"He had been cutting the ground wires and had gotten his car stuck," Waddell said. "Someone saw him trying to unstick his vehicle."
Barrett was released on $10,000 bond.
This is not the only case under investigation regarding the theft of copper wiring.
Cable has also been taken from Mississippi 21 north, Mississippi 492 north and county Road 4300, Waddell said.
"The cable is being cut from the poles," he said. "AT&T has been heavily hit."
A reward is being offered through Crimestoppers for any information leading to the arrest of the responsible parties.
Call Crimestoppers at 1-855-485-8477 or 601-485-1860, or call the sheriff's department at 601-656-1414.