Five arrested in multiple copper thefts

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WMAR) - Five people have been arrested as Anne Arundel County Police complete an investigation of numerous copper thefts and wire thefts.

The suspects had been specifically targeting electronic, copper wire at businesses, abandoned homes and county parks and schools. In some cases, the suspects took wire from light poles and area athletic fields during the overnight hours. These crimes resulted in thousands of dollars of loss.

Throughout the investigation, detectives worked closely with area scrap metal dealers to make them aware of the problem, and contacted schools and park services in an effort to make security recommendations and share information.

With the assistance of surveillance footage, detectives identified two suspects in a theft at the JB Machine and Parts in Glen Burnie. Both Kenneth Dale Sanford, 30, and Christopher Bethurum, 23, were arrested and charged for their involvement in three cases.

Aside from them, George Andrew Poe, 28 and Charges Daniel Sillaman, 25, were identified by witnesses and later arrested and charged for stealing wire from the Home Depot in Pasadena. The suspects were arrested the next day after trying to sell 148 pounds of wire at the Maryland Recycle in Glen Burnie.

Detectives also identified a person of interest in numerous thefts of copper wire from county light poles. Robert Shanabrook, 31, was caught trying to steal wire from High Point Elementary School in Pasadena. During the arrest, Shanabrook resisted arrest and assaulted officers.

Officers are still looking for one additional suspect from the light pole incident.

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