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Five indicted in copper theft case
Wire and scrap metal were being removed from old Cooper Wood facility
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER AND KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writers

Three men and two women were indicted Monday in connection with copper thefts at the old Cooper Wood facility on Grassy Hill Road between May and July of this year.

Joshua Gray Hayes, 31, of Rocky Mount was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on eight counts of breaking and entering, eight counts of possessing burglary tools, nine counts of grand larceny, two counts of destroying private property, one count of trespassing, and four counts of wearing a mask while committing a crime.

One of the grand larceny indictments against Hayes involves the theft and destruction of a surveillance camera belonging to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Brandon Ralph Forest Dillon, 27, of Rocky Mount was indicted on four counts of breaking and entering, four counts of grand larceny, four counts of possessing burglary tools, and two counts of destroying private property.

Brandon Dean Cooper, 25, of Madison, N.C., was indicted on one count of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny, one count of possessing burglary tools, and one count of wearing a mask while committing a crime.

Tressie Lynn Mitchell, 45, of Rocky Mount was indicted on one count of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny, and one count of possessing burglary tools.

And Brittany Shea Dillon, 25, of Rocky Mount was indicted on two counts of obtaining money under false pretense for allegedly selling the stolen copper wire.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office had been conducting an investigation into thefts of copper and scrap metal from the old manufacturing facility since May, according to Lt. Todd Maxey.

As the result of extra patrol and surveillance, Investigator Eric Ingram and Deputy Jay Watkins discovered persons inside the building on July 1 about 10:30 p.m., Maxey said. Additional deputies and K-9 officers were called to the scene and surrounded the facility.

At that time, two suspects (Hayes and Brandon Dillon) surrendered without incident, Maxey said. The men were in possession of cutting tools and copper wire at the time of their arrest.

The investigation led to a search of a residence on Diamond Avenue Extension, where evidence was seized related to the case and possibly other thefts, Maxey said.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists for a trial.

Other indictments returned by the grand jury:

•Shahee Akbar, possess a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, April 30.

•Deneen A. Anderson, violate a provision of the Uniform Building Code by failing to have a final inspection, Dec. 11, 2011.

•Alan Felix Arant, operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other self-administered intoxicants after having been previously convicted on two or more occasions within the last 10 years, Aug. 10; and refuse to permit a sample of blood or breath to be taken to determine the alcohol or drug and alcohol content of the blood after having been convicted of two or more offenses within 10 years, Aug. 10.

•Joseph Kent Arrington, take, steal and carry away a firearm, July 1; obtain money under false pretense having a value in excess of $200, July 1; and possess a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, July 1.

•Jeremy Keith Atkins, possess marijuana, July 13.

•Sarah Moody Arnold, 17 counts involving public assistance including food stamps and energy assistance, between July 31, 2010 and July July 1, 2013.

•Arc Cosine Carter, with lascivious intent expose his sexual or genital parts to a child under the age of 14, Aug. 8.

•Stephen Vance Chitwood, take, steal and drive away a vehicle having a value in excess of $200, Aug. 24.

•Sherri Leigh Custer, two counts of assault and battery, Feb. 22.

•Jonathan Michael Dudley, two counts of take, steal and carry away a credit card, Aug. 3 and Aug. 4; two counts of break and enter a vehicle with the intent to commit larceny, Aug. 3 and Aug. 4; three counts of use of a credit card obtained unlawfully to obtain money, goods or services having a value less than $200, Aug. 3; three counts, unlawfully receive goods and services with value less than $200, Aug.3; take, steal and carry away a wallet, cash and knife having a value less than $200, Aug. 3; and take, steal and carry away a wallet, cash and a cellular telephone having a value less than $200, Aug. 4.

•Ryan Justin Dudley, use, dispose of and embezzle items of personal property which he received or were entrusted to him by his employer with the embezzlement being in excess of $200, Sept. 23; and take, steal and carry away a GPS device having a value of less than $200, Sept. 23.

•Carl Lloyd Ferguson, 11 counts of take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value of less than $200 and being the property of Franklin County School Board dba Franklin County Public Schools, March 4 through March 21.

•Jacob Carlton Fralin, take, steal and carry away a wallet, cash and cellular telephone having a value of less than $200, Aug. 4; take, steal and carry away a wallet, cash and knife having a value less than $200, Aug. 4; unlawfully receive goods and services having a value less than $200, Aug. 3; three counts of use of a credit card to obtain goods or services with the intent to defraud with the value less than $200, Aug. 3; two counts of break and enter a vehicle with the intent to commit larceny, Aug 3 and Aug. 4; and two counts of take, steal and carry away a credit card, Aug. 3 and Aug. 4.

•Charles Lambert Gibson, by force, engage in sodomy with a child under the age of 13, April 16; and being over the age of 18 and maintained a custodial or supervisory relationship over a child, sexually abuse a child under the age of 18, April 16.

•Rico Dion-Bernard Guy, failed to appear in Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court while charged with a felony, Sept.. 10.

•Marty L. Hatcher, violate the Uniform Statewide Building by failing to have a final inspection, Dec. 28, 2011.

• Daniel Franklin Janney, four counts of draw, utter or deliver a check knowing at the time there were insufficient funds in the account to pay, between June 16 and June 20.

•Darious O'Neil Jones, possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, Aug. 31.

•Vincent Elmond Kielbowick, possess Alprazolam, May 15.

•Dajuan Dalonte Kirksey, engage in sexual intercourse against the will of another person by threat, force or intimidation, Sept. 7, 2012.

•Robert Andrew Lumsden, with the intent to maim, disable or kill, cause bodily injury to another person, May 28; and two counts of assault and batter a family or household member, May 21 and May 28.

•Anthony Samuel Santillo III, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, Sept. 7

•Tiffany Marie Santillo, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, Sept. 7.

•Christopher David Simpkins, being over the age of 18, contribute to, encourage or cause an act, omission or condition that rendered the minor child delinquent, in need of services or supervision or abused or neglected, Oct. 4.

•Brian Lee Thierry, take, steal and carry away goods and chattels having a value in excess of $200, June 14.

•Cory William Thomas, possess cocaine, April 12; and possess Oxycodone, April 12.

•Doreena Nicole Wertz, injure and destroy property having some value but less than $1,000, May 13.

 
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