An Anderson County woman and Laurens County man were arrested by Abbeville County authorities this week in reference to several thousand dollars worth of metal being stolen in Due West.
Tracy Robinson, 44, of 412 N. Shirley Ave., Honea Path, and Christopher Burton, 31, of 1962 Power House Road, Ware Shoals, both face eight counts in connection with the incident.
Investigators said the two suspects turned themselves in Tuesday morning. According to Abbeville County court records, both were charged with two counts of transportation or possession of stolen nonferrous metals, two counts of criminal conspiracy, two counts of injury to real property, fixtures or improvements to obtain nonferrous metals, and two counts of unlawful injury or interference with electric lines. A judge set both suspects' bonds at $15,000. Records indicated Burton posted his bail Thursday.
The charges stem from a report of metal stolen from a power line at two Due West homes along Murdock Road and Crawford Road. The theft was reported by a field electrician for Little River Electric during a house fire at a residence Sept. 7. According to an Abbeville County incident report:
The electrician told an officer the ground power wire had been cut off two poles and stolen. He indicated the power company repaired the eight lines at one home and 10 lines at the other within the past three weeks. He noted the copper wiring was replaced with aluminum. The repair worker told officers that each of the 18 lines was worth an estimated $1,000.