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|Arrests made in copper wiring theft cases|
Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office officials arrested four people on assorted charges Thursday (12-3-09) following an early morning traffic stop in Monterey and a subsequent investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars worth of copper wiring.
Those arrested and their charges are:
Joshua Nathaniel Green, 26, 504 Elm St., Vidalia, felony theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless operation and possession of Schedule IV narcotics.
Tom David Jones, 40, 106 White Lane, Wildsville, felony theft and probation violation.
Mary H. Pecanty, 25, 215 Poole Rd., Monterey, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute.
Laura A. Webre, 38, 106 White Lane, Wildsville, obstruction of justice.
According to Capt. Eddie Poole, a 1997 Plymouth Voyager van nearly collided head-on with his own vehicle on Highway 565 in Monterey early Thursday, forcing Poole to the shoulder of the road.
Poole pursued and stopped the vehicle within about 1-1/2 miles. Green, who was driving the van, admitted to having a loaded pistol with him. Several rolls of copper wiring were found in the van. Narcotics were also found in the van, and CPSO Jailer Sgt. Craig Simmons found a narcotics smoking pipe in the suspect's shoe during booking.
The ensuing CPSO investigation led to the arrest of Jones for the alleged theft of copper wiring and to Pecanty and Webre for allegedly attempting to hide evidence in the case. Pecanty was allegedly in possession of illegal narcotics as well.
By Thursday night, officers had recovered several thousand dollars worth of copper wiring, possibly stolen from the Natchez and Adams County, MS, area, St. Francisville, LA, and Jonesville, LA. A large set of scales used to weigh mechanical equipment was recovered from Jones' White Lane residence. The scales were reportedly stolen recently from Scott Truck and Tractor, Highway 84 at Stacy, according to CPSO Investigator Jack Fletcher.
Sheriff Randy Maxwell commended Poole's actions following the initial traffic stop, noting the intense investigation that followed. "Capt. Poole opened this theft case wide open with that single traffic stop. I appreciate his hard work and that of everyone involved in breaking this case."
He additionally expressed appreciation to Adams County Sheriff's Office investigators for their assistance in the case.
Also working on the investigation with Poole and Fletcher are CPSO Sgts. Denis Mulvihill, Larry Lawrence, Billy Joe Ratcliff, Todd Ainsworth and Capt. Charles "Junior" Tarver.
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