$50,000 worth of copper stolen in WBR Parish, returned by sheriff

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 7:21pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE:

West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes drove all the way down to New Orleans to recover $50,000 worth of stolen copper wire. It was allegedly stolen from the old U.S. Post Office Distribution Center earlier this month.

We're told the trio, who tried to sell the metal in New Orleans, were caught in the act, trying to go back to the warehouse for another heist.

Unfortunately this copper can only be sold as scrap now, so the business owner is still down tens of thousands of dollars.

ORIGINAL STORY (12-13-2011) - Three arrests have been made after $50,000 worth of copper was stolen from a warehouse in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Deputies said they caught Dave Wilkerson, 41, Roosevelt Lewis, 41, and Irving Colbert, 44, all of New Orleans -- in the act of trying to steal even more copper from the old United States Post Office distribution center near Port Allen.

The men made allegedly made off with two truck loads worth thousands in copper a few days ago. Before they could finish the job, the owner of the building noticed someone had tampered with the property, and called the sheriff's office.

"When (the owner) returned back Saturday," West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes said, "they noticed the building had been tampered with. They figured they would be back because they cut his lock and put their lock on the chain."

The three men returned as deputies had surveillance on the building. One man was captured trying to leave out a door. Another was found in the attic. The third suspect was found on the roof.

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