HOOVER, AL (WBRC) – Two suspected copper thieves avoided the worst possible outcome for their activities when they were arrested on Sunday. 29-year-old Michael James Bell and 23-year-old Joshua Neal Lee were charged with 2nd degree theft of property after police say they found them trying to steal copper from an active power station.
The incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday on Data Drive in Hoover. Hoover police say they were alerted to a theft in progress by a witness. The officers set up a perimeter and took the suspects into custody after they tried to escape into the woods. The copper was recovered.
Officers say the suspects were greatly endangering their lives by stealing from an active power station.
Both men are being held in the Jefferson County Jail.
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