Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 12, 2013

West Virginia State Police investigate copper theft in Welch

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — The West Virginia State Police is investigating a theft of from 200 to 300 feet of copper wire from the McDowell County 911 Center’s radio towers.

The theft occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Monday and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Trooper C.A. Dunn of the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment. Dunn is the investigator working the case.

“The victim in this case is the Office of Emergency Services,” Dunn said. “I understand that the value of the stolen copper is about $2,000.” Dunn said the county’s emergency communications system appears to still be operating.

“There are no witnesses and we don’t have any suspects at this time,” Dunn said.

A spokesperson for the 911 Center in Welch confirmed that the theft did not have any impact on emergency communications in McDowell County.

Dunn continued his investigation into the theft through the day on Thursday, and was not immediately available Thursday evening for additional comment.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com