An uncle and nephew from Georgetown have been arrested for stealing copper from an irrigation system.
Delaware State Police say early in the morning on January 24, troopers were called to a farm on Deer Forrest Road for a report of the sound of a chainsaw coming from the field. When they arrived, troopers say they found a pair of empty pickup trucks parked underneath an irrigation system. A police dog tracked the scent from the truck to the home of 36-year-old Minos Wilson of Georgetown. Police say Wilson and his 27-year-old nephew Chad used the chainsaw to cut several pieces of copper wire before running away as troopers arrived.
The Wilsons turned themselves in on February 12, and have been charged with criminal mischief over $5,000, theft under $1,500, third-degree criminal trespass and second-degree conspiracy. They’re free on $5,000 bail.
State Police say copper thefts from irrigation systems is an ongoing problem.
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