Deep Creek man arrested for stealing FPL cooper wire
FOX 4 Staff
DEEP CREEK, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested a 32-year-old Deep Creek man for cutting, stealing, and selling cooper wire from FPL utility poles.
A tip to the Sheriff's Office came in Monday about a man cutting metal wire from utility poles at Wateau Court and Capricorn Boulevard. The tipster also saw the man with a woman in a maroon Chevrolet.
An investigator went to Allied Recycling to see if the metal wire had been sold and spotted a woman sitting in a vehicle similar to the one reported. When 22-year-old Teara Anne Sander was asked when she was doing, she told the law officer her boyfriend was inside selling metal. Inside the car was a bucket full of copper wire clearly marked and identifiable as property of FPL. Sander said she didn't know where the copper wire came from.
Detectives questioned her boyfriend, Terry Wayne Davis, about the copper and a search located a receipt for copper wire he had sold to Allied on Monday. An Allied employee said Davis had sold wire on two previous occasions.
A deputy also questioned Sander and asked her for identification; she said it was in her purse in the car. The purse was open and the deputy observed a spoon with scorch marks and white residue, plus a hypodermic needle. The residue tested positive for opiates.
Both were arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. Davis was charged with four felony counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, three felony counts of False Verification of Ownership to a Secondary Metal Recycle, and Petit Theft. Davis is in jail on $28,000 bound. Sander a convicted felon was charged with Possession of Opiates and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released on $3,000 bond.