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Copper wire is a hot commodity these days because of its value. Now, six men are facing theft charges in Montgomery County related to the material.
A tip from a Verizon employee led police to the suspects. The company representative told officers someone was stealing heavy-duty copper wire along Connecticut Avenue near Aspen Hill, Md.
Police set up surveillance, and caught the men operating a bucket truck late at night in the area, cutting down large sections of wire from between telephone poles. The suspects then put the stolen goods in the back of a pickup.
Police recovered more than 1,800 feet of copper wire, which is currently valued at more than $31,000.
Five men from Woodbridge, Virginia and another from Stafford, Virginia are charged with various counts of theft and malicious destruction of property. The men were released on their own recognizance.