DELAND, Fla. -- A man is now facing felony charges for allegedly stealing 6,000 pounds of aluminum electrical wire.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Jarrod Briggs, 23, was arrested Thursday on nine criminal charges, six counts of dealing in stolen property and three counts of violating Florida's secondary metals recyclers law.
VCSO said a Deland-based recycling center became suspicious when Briggs visited the center on six different occasions in a two week period with loads of wire. He brought in a combined total of 6,179 pounds of wire which earned him $3,770.
The recycling center alerted authorities regarding the transactions and after an investigation, it was confirmed that the wire was stolen.
Police were able to confirm with Duke Energy by showing them photos of the scrapped wire that it was commercial grade wire used for power poles.
Once officials checked with a substation in DeLand, they confirmed that thousands of pounds of wire were missing.
During the police interview with Briggs, he said he was scrapping metal for a friend who does not have identification, which is required at the recycling center by law.
Briggs also said his friend gave him $50 for each transaction.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation.
First Coast News