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Duo arrested in theft of copper wire from Pasco utility

HUDSON — Two men are accused of causing $14,000 in damages by breaking into a Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative site and dismantling two power transformers to pry out the copper wiring.

The incident happened between nightfall Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. the next day, according to a report by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The chain-link fence at the 11811 Hudson Ave. property was cut and 75 gallons of oil from the transformers was dumped on the ground. The duo sold 35 pounds of the oil-covered copper at a county scrap yard Feb. 13, deputies said.

Brandon W. Herman, 21, of 13330 White Walnut St. in Hudson, was arrested Thursday and is charged with grand theft and criminal mischief. He is being held in lieu of $4,000 bail.

The second suspect is Matthew D. Robbins, 24, of 11036 Tenoaks Drive in Hudson. Robbins faces the same charges, as well as violation of his felony probation and charges of burglary and grand theft for allegedly breaking into his grandparents' Hudson home Feb. 20 and stealing $6,000 worth of power tools and jewelry.

Robbins, who is serving a three-year probation sentence for three convictions of trafficking stolen property, is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.

Duo arrested in theft of copper wire from Pasco utility 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 6:34pm]

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