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Morrow man indicted in copper thefts

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A Morrow man was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing copper tubing from apartments undergoing renovation.

The 10-count indictment against Roderick Tyrone Hunter, 32, alleges he broke into five units at Baywood Park Apartments. Police said he caused $400 in damage to each of the front doors. Hunter then removed copper tubing in 20 and 30 foot sections from each of the apartments, police said.

The complex was under renovation by Southern Construction Group. Police said Hunter's prints matched those found at the scene. Construction officials said Hunter was unknown to them and he had no permission to be inside the units.

Local police said as the price of scrap copper rises, so do the thefts of items containing copper.

In other indictments, three men face drug trafficking and possession charges. Derrius Terrez Davis, Melvin Todd and Donald Ryan Dye were indicted in the Feb. 22 alleged incident involving heroin, marijuana and cocaine. Police said the men were also in possession of two handguns during the alleged sale of the drugs.

In a separate case, Kenneth Troy Patterson and Tommy Ray Robinson were indicted for selling and possessing methamphetamine Sept. 9.

Williford Eddie James was indicted in an alleged incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The indictment alleges James got drunk at an airport venue and beat up a police officer April 30.