Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Caught in the Act

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.


Today, Tuesday July 24, 2018 at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff's Office received a call from a homeowner on White Road near Florence about thieves at his residence. The caller advised that he had just arrived home and found 2 individuals stealing copper from his air conditioning unit inside the residence. The caller stated that one of the suspects stopped and spoke with the caller before fleeing the scene. The second suspect took off on foot behind the residence and was later picked up down the road by the first suspect.

Rankin County Deputies along with Florence Police Department and Richland Police Department were notified of the vehicle description along with the tag number the caller was able to get. At approximately 5:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office was notified by an off duty Pelahatchie Police Officer that he was behind the vehicle in the City of Florence. Deputies responded to the area were able to perform a traffic stop. Both suspects were arrested without incident. Copper from the White Road residence was recovered from the suspect vehicle.

Both suspects were transported to the Rankin County Jail where they were booked on house burglary charges. District Attorney Michael Guest will bring both before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance.

We believe that both suspects may be tied to additional copper thefts in the metro area.


Allen Lee LEGER
34 year old male
121 Springridge Drive Brandon, MS


James Jason VEITCH
38 year old male
8816 Gary Road Byram, MS

12 comments:

Justice for Copper said...

Typical Rankin County. The land of rednecks, copper thieves and meth. Thank God I live in Madison.

Principle Peter said...

Ironically, no recycling place in Mississippi will buy copper unless the seller has the required license (hvac, electrician, etc)and waits three days to receive a check. It's state law.

Ignorance on full display.

Anonymous said...

They will have a lot of fun in lockup. Just put them down in Raymond for about a week and they will never commit a crime again after that..

Anonymous said...

Crime. Of. The. Century.

Cynical Sam said...

Thankfully I do not live in The Florence or The Rankin County.

Anonymous said...

6:40
if they are tied to additional copper thefts in the Metro area, SOMEBODY must be buying the copper from them.

Anonymous said...

"inside the residence"

Would that amount to B&E as well?

Anonymous said...

Apparently 5:39 doesn't know Madison County outside of Madison The City. Same shit, different county.

Anonymous said...

@6:40 - I'm not an expert on copper thievery but it could be that some licensed electricians may be open to buying copper from shady characters at a discount and then taking it to be recycled for a premium.

Anonymous said...

Another sign that Meth doesn't lead to good decision making.

The average home AC unit contains about four pounds of copper these days. Copper scrap if you get full price for it is about $3/pound. Two guys risk jail time and public humiliation by doing about $3,000 worth of damage to a home so they can split $12 between them. They should do two years for the theft and then ten for being morons we don't need in the gene pool.

http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/How_much_copper_is_in_your_stolen_AC_and_whats_it_worth_130384328.html

Anonymous said...

Typical rankin county trash

Anonymous said...

I harvest scrap copper from electronics not to sell for scrap but to melt down to make bars and jewelry. I don't buy copper and I don't steal it.

Copper is very pretty when polished. Not all copper buyers will be scrap yards. If your interested just search youtube for videos about melting scrap copper into ingots. It's very addicting so be warned.

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