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APD confiscates 200 pounds of stolen metal

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- With about 200 pounds of confiscated stolen copper wire, other wiring and air-conditioning parts confiscated Saturday, the Albany Police Department would like to return the stolen property.

"Detectives need the public's assistance with identifying the materials and where they were stolen from," said police Cpl. Schemika Foster.

Many of the wires have serial numbers on them and at least one set of air-conditioner coils has a spray painted identification on it. It says "Albany Air," Foster said.

One black coil of what could be fiber-optic wiring looks new, Foster said. Some of the wiring could be from construction sites, she added.

Anyone who has had wiring or air-conditioning coils stolen can come into the Law Enforcement Center at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. to identify the stolen materials, or they can call the police at (229) 431-2100.

Officers responded to a resident's call Saturday to 1801 S. Jackson St. about people burning insulation off copper wire, Foster said. When police arrived, they found a variety of stolen metals and wire. Police reports said officers have made "several arrests" in connection with the stolen property, but have only released one name so far.

"Rasheen Donnell Wheeler, age 28, was arrested on theft by receiving stolen property with more charges pending," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Officers found the metals inside a Chevy Tahoe, a police report stated. Whether the Tahoe was stolen or loaned to the alleged metal thieves is part of the investigation, Banks added.