Man arrested for copper theft

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 18, 2011

An Ironton man was arrested this week as he allegedly stole copper tubing from a garage.

The Ironton Police Department arrested Carl D. Holston, 44, of 404 S. Fourth St. Apt. 3, early Thursday morning.

Police received an initial call at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday evening. According to the police report, a man in the 400 block of South Fourth Street reported seeing someone in the backyard of a neighbor’s residence. The caller said he yelled at the man and who then fled.

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Officers responded to the residence and found copper tubing in the backyard. The police officers left the copper in the yard to see if the suspects would return for it, according to the report.

The same caller called the police around 2:30 a.m. Thursday to say that two suspects with flashlights were back at the residence.

After a foot pursuit, Holston was arrested, according to the report. A second suspect was not found.

Holston is alleged to have broken into a garage in the same building where he lives, IPD detective Chris Bowman said. The man lives in an apartment there at 404 S. Fourth St. Police found a window in the garage busted, according to the report.

Inside the window was a large bucket with copper tubing, the report states. Police found white paint spilled in the garage and also on Holston’s shoes, according to the report.

Bowman said he appreciates the help of the man who reported the crime. Without his help, police likely would not have been able to make the arrest, Bowman said.

Holston was arraigned Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court on charges of breaking and entering, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest.

Judge Clark Collins set bond at $25,000 and appointed defense attorney Warren Morford to represent him.

Reached Friday, Morford said he didn’t have enough information about the case to make a comment.

As of Friday, Holston remained in the Lawrence County Jail.