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Man charged with $10,000 theft at Ledger Enquirer

Robert Lowell, 54 (Source: Columbus Police Department) Robert Lowell, 54 (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for stealing $10,000 worth of copper from the Ledger Enquirer's building.

Robert Lowell, 54, from Phenix City was arrested on Sunday, March 27th.

On March 21, police say someone broke in the newspaper's building on 12th Street downtown and stole various copper fittings and other items totaling $10,000. The crime was captured on surveillance and detectives soon found evidence of the suspect's identity.

They found Lowell on March 26th and got even more evidence from interviewing him, leading them to charge him with burglary.

In a press release from the Columbus Police Department's Burglary/Theft Division, it states two detectives "both volunteered to come into work this case off-duty in order for them to successfully identify & apprehend the scrap metal / copper theft suspect. Their dedication and determination to apprehend one of the many Copper / Scrap Metal suspects in order to reduce this particular type of crime is duly noted and greatly appreciated."

Officials say the Ledger is the victim of a rampant scrap metal crime wave.

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