Three Charged In Pitt County Church Copper Thefts

Three men have been charged in connection with a rash of copper thefts from Pitt County churches. One of those men has already been charged with similar crimes in Beaufort County.

Joseph Duckett, Mark Heppler and Gustav Heppler, III have been charged in connection with several of the cases.

Pitt County deputies say the two Heppler brothers are charged with 15 counts of felony larceny, while Duckett faces a single count of felony larceny.

The thefts took place between July and November of last year.

Deputies say the arrests solve 15 of the 17 cases of copper being stripped from air conditioning units at Pitt County churches.

Authorities say they were able to make the case against the trio after Beaufort County deputies made an arrest.

Mark Heppler was charged back in November with seven church copper thefts that occurred in Beaufort County.

The two brothers are being held on $150,000 bonds each while Duckett has a $10,000 bond.


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  • by so what Location: pitt on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    Nobody got hurt.What's the big deal?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Now-now, "Judge not least ye be judged". Figure out a way to make them pay for all of the damage they have done rather than cost taxpayers to incarcerate them. Looks like they could make good workers overseen by a monkey with a shotgun.
  • by GUMBY on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    UG, MUG AND THUG. Their very bright. Cut the fingers off to teach them a lession
  • by Bubba Location: Scotland Neck on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    Stealing is bad, stealing from a Church is really bad. Give them several years.
  • by TONY Location: WILLIAMSTON on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    IT IS ALWAYS SOMEONE TRYING TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.QUIT SLAPPING THEM ON THE HAND AND GIVE THESE JERKS SOME HARD TIME INSTEAD OF A VISIT TO THE HEALTH SPA.BRING BACK THE CHAINGANG AND I BET THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.GIVE THEM SOME REAL TIME FOR A CHANGE.REMEMBER THAT FELONS FORFEIT THEIR RIGHTS AND NOT THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS.WE ARE TIRED OF SUPPORTING THESE IDIOTS!
  • by Tyree Location: Hyde County on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    The air conditioning units were worth far more than the copper. Read the whole allegation, please.And replacing the units will cost a bundle of money. Copper is the least expensive items involved. Former air conditioning instructor.
  • by greenville Location: greenville on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    glad these scumbags were caught. good work officers!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    If their sorrow butts were working an honest job like McDonalds they would flipping a hamburger instead of sitting in a jail cell. All 3 look like total idiots.
  • by Anidea on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    Somebody print these comments and send them to the scum bags,,,make sure they know how society feels about them,,,
    • reply
      by Amy on Mar 25, 2011 at 07:13 PM in reply to Anidea
      I like that idea, Anidea (very funny). I like it a lot.
  • by The Forgiver Location: UP on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    These poor souls. The law will take care of them, however, remember what we are to do. Why is forgiving so hard? I wanted to rip their heads off...... but that is too easy. I hope the Lord gives me the strength to forgive today.
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