Floyd County Police arrest two suspects in copper thefts - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Floyd County Police arrest two suspects in copper thefts

Floyd County police have arrested two suspects in a string of copper thefts.  The suspects actually led police to themselves.

The suspects hit several businesses in Kentucky and Indiana according to police, but a fire actually led police to a home owned by one of the suspects.

Police say Eric Nance and Matthew Howerton have had a busy summer.  Detective Jeff Topping with Floyd County Police explains, "From receipts from the local recycle centers we went back as far at March 17th of 2008."

Nance and Howerton are accused of stealing copper and metal from several businesses in Kentucky and southern Indiana and selling it at scrap yards.

A lot of the copper and metal came from the William L Kelley Plant in New Albany, and Floyd Central High School.  Topping says, "They broke in a trailer at the Floyd Central construction site and the company, independent piping company, reported a $50,000 loss at that site."

Police arrested the suspects on Monday after firefighters responded to a fire at a house in the 5200 block of Grant Line Road.  Topping explains, "When they went to put it out, they discovered it was a large amount of copper wire.  The two suspects there at the house were burning the wire to so they could sell it for scrap."

That's when firefighters called police who found a Dodge pickup loaded with steel and copper wire.  With that arrest, police say they were able to solve several cases.  Topping says, "We've ended up solving five cases at this time, and there's still more under investigation."

The suspects are facing several charges, including theft and possession of stolen property.  Meanwhile, police expect to arrest at least two more suspects in the case.

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