Police are searching for one of two suspects who allegedly stole a large amount of copper wiring from a Cobb EMC power station early Thursday morning in Acworth and then fled from deputies.
Deputies were called to the power station on Woodstock Road at about 5 a.m., and when they arrived found two men who were allegedly cutting out the copper wiring at the site, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
The two men ran away from officers, Baker said, but deputies caught one of the two suspects while the other escaped.
Daniel Richard Demore, 38, of Gainesville was arrested, Baker said. The other suspect is still at large and has yet to be identified.
“Prior to the deputy’s arrival, the suspects had cut and loaded a large amount of copper into their vehicle,” Baker said. “The value of the copper and the cost to repair the damage is not completely known at this time but is expected to exceed $5,000.”
Demore was charged with commercial burglary, criminal damage to property in the second degree and obstruction and was in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $33,400 bond, Baker said.
Baker said the copper has since been returned to Cobb EMC and that potential copper thieves should, in general, be cautious.
“Would-be copper thieves should consider that not only is stealing copper illegal, it is extremely dangerous and can result in electrocution,” he said.
Anyone with any information about the second suspect is urged to call detectives at (770) 928-0239.