Man, 27, charged in theft of copper parts
A 27-year-old man is accused of breaking into two communication towers to steal copper parts.
Trever Cody Mathews cut through the fence that surrounded the Verizon Wireless tower at 9451 U.S. 301 around July 7, authorities said. Mathews took an air conditioning pump that had copper in it, and later told authorities he sold the copper to a recycling center, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
That break-in caused about $2,000 in damage.
Deputies say Mathews also broke through the fencing surrounding a T-Mobile tower at 8551 U.S. 98 around June 18. He caused about $2,000 worth of damage to the tower site after tearing out roughly $400 worth of copper ground wires, authorities said.
Mathews, of Zephyrhills, was charged Tuesday with theft of copper and criminal mischief, in addition to unrelated burglary charges. He remained in Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $14,300 bail.