Updated Wed, Feb 15, 2012 3:28 pm
A tip about a white pickup truck seen in Eramet surveillance video led Washington County sheriff's deputies to arrest three men they say stole 11,000 pounds of copper wire.
According to Sheriff Larry Mincks, officers arrested John Wyatt, Richard Nolan and Jonathan Stringer Tuesday after learning the truck belonged to Wyatt's girlfriend.
Mincks says when deputies questioned Wyatt at his Belpre Township home, they noticed a greasy outline on Wyatt's jeans similar to the braided pattern of the stolen wiring. Deputies searched the garage and found the copper wire hidden in a garbage can, along with cleaning solution and a set of scales. Mincks says Nolan and Stringer were also in the garage.
The pair told detectives Wyatt picked them up in Parkersburg and brought them to his house to strip the wire.
Wyatt and Stringer are charged with tampering with evidence and Nolan is charged with breaking and entering and theft.
Mincks says Wyatt, Nolan and Stringer appeared in Marietta Municipal Court today. Bond was set at $15,000 each.