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DCP arrests copper thieves

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Four copper thieves were caught red-handed when Dougherty County Police acted on a tip that suspicious activity was occurring at a vacant distillery in East Albany.

Lt. Dean Gore said around 11 a.m Friday officers were investigating potential theft at the abandoned Viking Distillery at 1100 block of East Broad Avenue when officers heard noises inside the building.

Corey Rutland, 22; his girlfriend, Donnielle Mills, 26; Keith Shealy, 18, and Edward Jenkins, 38, were each charged with criminal damage to property second degree and criminal intent theft by taking.

Gore said the suspects were cutting copper from pipes and wires that were left in the vacant building.

"With the metal rates going up, our crime rates are going up as well," he said.