Three arrested on copper theft charges

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested three individuals in relation to copper thefts from live gas wells.

43-year-old Brian Scott Sturgill, 34-year-old Edward Shane Sanders and 23-year-old Joseph Chadwick Blackson are all facing charges in relation to the thefts.

The arrests are the result of a month long investigation into the thefts. Over $130,000 worth of damage was done to the wells while the copper could only provide a couple thousand dollars.

Investigators say one of the suspects was caught in the process of burning the copper wiring to remove the insulation.

The Sheriff's Office also emphasizes that stealing from the active gas wells was extremely dangerous and placed the suspects and others in danger.

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