Lawmen: Copper Wire Suspects Caught After 3rd Break-In Attempt

Lawmen say the thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of copper and caused even more damage at an industrial site in the east are now behind bars after the two allegedly came back for more.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old William Green III of Stokes and 53-year-old Steven Newman of Vanceboro broke into an industrial site on July 13th and stole 7,000 worth of copper wire. In the process, police say they caused $100,000 worth of damage.

Lawmen began a surveillance operation after a second breaking and entering was reported and say at 1:30 Friday morning investigators spotted Green and Newman approaching the site with what they described as tools for burglary.

The two face a number of larceny and breaking and entering charges.

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