3-ton AC unit stolen for scrap metal

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

GEORGETOWN, GA (WTVM) - Two men were arrested in connection to scrap metal thefts in Quitman County.

The following is a press release from Quitman County Sheriff Steve Newton:

A scrap metal theft investigation led Quitman County Deputy Jamie Ming to a Burglary that occurred at 206 Lower Lumpkin Road in Georgetown that between June 19 and June 20, 2011. 

During the investigation Deputy Ming received information that three Georgetown men were involved in scrap metal thefts around Quitman County. 

Deputy Ming interviewed the suspects and found that they had entered the residence at 206 Lower Lumpkin Road in Georgetown and took a three ton central air conditioning unit. 

The three men disassembled the air conditioner and sold its parts at two separate scrap metal yards. 

Arrested were David Allen Meyer, age 21 of Georgetown and Lukas James Richmond, age 20 of Georgetown.  An arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect Kenneth Wayne Wall also of Georgetown.  "There has been a surge in scrap metal thefts recently. 

I believe it is due to the downturn of the economy and higher prices being paid for all types of metals," stated Quitman County Sheriff Steve Newton.  According to Sheriff Newton, his deputies are being much more vigilant for vehicles transporting scrap metal.  Suspect Meyers and Richmond were each released on a $5000.00 dollar bond.  This investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

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