A Warren County, N.J., man was connected to the theft of rare copper wire from a metal fabricating plant earlier this month by a cell phone he dropped at the scene of the crime, officials said.
John Struble tried to sell 220 feet of the copper wiring he stole on June 2 from GJ Oliver Inc., 50 Industrial Road, Phillipsburg, N.J., to Easton Iron & Metal Co., 1100 Bushkill Drive, Easton, on June 10, officials said, adding that the cable was worth $2009.88.
Struble brought the wire to Easton Iron & Metal just before police were notified on June 10 by a GJ employee that Struble's cell phone had been found in a caged area of the building where the theft took place, officials said.
John Oilver, a GJ Oliver employee, identified the cable brought by Struble to Easton Iron & Metal as the stolen 600 MCN wiring, noting it was rare and that his company had purchased a spool of it just before the burglary, officials said.
Struble, 49, of 129 Fillmore St., Phillipsburg, Warren Co., N.J., was arraigned on a charge of receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. June 28.