Charges filed against alleged copper thieves

(The suspects in the copper wire theft. Left to right: Cameron Smith, Dustin Wesche and Troy Petersen. Feb. 16, 2015)

GRAND JUNCTION, Mich. (WOOD) — The three men who allegedly stole copper from a live electrical line in Van Buren County have been charged.

Cameron Smith, Troy Peterson and Dustin Weshe face charges of malicious destruction of utility property and larceny of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. Both charges are felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Currently there are warrants for each man’s arrest.

(The copper wire the men removed from a power line.)
(The copper wire the men removed from a power line.)

About 360 feet of copper wire was removed from a line off CR-388 near Grand Junction. Consumers said it had 117 pounds of copper worth about $300.

Peterson and Weshe are charged as fourth time habitual offenders, which could significantly add to their prison time if convicted.

One of those suspects, Smith, told 24 Hour News 8 that it was all a misunderstanding.


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