Couple arrested for copper wire thefts in Charlotte County

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Charlotte County detectives have arrested two suspects in connection to a string of copper wire thefts targeting construction sites in the Port Charlotte area.

Logan Leigh Morris,23, and Berry Joseph Scott Jr., 28, were arrested Tuesday, closing the investigations into four thefts of wire reported over the past week. In total, over 670 feet of copper was reported stolen.

In an attempt to warn people to stay off construction sites, deputies are offering yellow signs to builders to place on their property for free after five thefts were reported in the last five days.

Deputies said, Logan Morris was identified as a suspect after a receipt bearing her name was located at one of the crime scenes. It was later determined that Morris’s boyfriend, Berry Scott Jr., exchanged the stolen copper wire at Allied Recycling for cash, providing false identification.

Logan Morris is charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, and Violation of Probation. Berry Scott Jr. is charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, and providing False ID to Secondary Metals Recycler.

“We definitely encourage residents, they’re the experts on what’s normal in their community. So, when they see something that’s kind of out of that normal feeling to always give us a call,” Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Katie Heck said.

Suspects caught trespassing on a construction site can face a felony charge.

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