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Charles Landreth arrested for selling copper wire stolen from welding equipment, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 20 2012 12:28:46 PM CST
STOCKERTOWN, Pa. -

A man is facing charges for selling copper wire he stole from a piece of welding equipment that was in the back of a truck being used to provide power after Hurricane Sandy, officials said.

Charles D. Landreth was arrested after he and his car were identified by workers at Easton Iron and Metal, 1100 Bushkill Drive, Easton, where Landreth was paid $512.14 for 188 pounds of copper wire he brought there in two loads on Nov. 2, officials said.

Landreth got the copper on Nov. 2 by cutting two 100-foot leads off a welder in a truck parked outside the offices of the Stockertown Cement Co., 501 Center St., Stockertown, Northampton Co., officials said.

Don Lambert, the cement plant manager, told police that the welder was in a truck being used to provide power to the office after Hurricane Sandy had knocked it out on Oct. 29, officials said.

Landreth, 28, of 201 East Nesquehoning St., Easton, was arraigned on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 28.

Man arrested for selling copper wire stolen from welding equipment, police say