Burglars caught stealing copper

by Wes Mayer

Two people were arrested Thursday after a Coweta County deputy caught them stealing copper from a vacant home.

Around 7:39 p.m., the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a neighbor reporting a suspicious vehicle parked at the home of 249 Kelly Farm Road, which is up for sale, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Jeff Bugg was closest to the area, and he was quickly on scene.

According to Yarbrough, when Bugg arrived, he heard people running through the house. The two suspects, Sonny Edward Dodson, 48, and Elizabeth Ann Poling, 33, apparently saw Bugg pull into the driveway and attempted to make a run for it. Bugg, however, caught them jumping out of a second-story window. Yarbrough said Dodson made it to the ground, but Poling was only halfway out, and Bugg was able to take them both into custody.

Once both suspects were on the ground and in handcuffs, Bugg discovered the two had been stealing copper wiring out of the home’s walls, Yarbrough said. Inside the home, Dodson and Poling tore through sheetrock, pulled out copper wires and even started a fire in the fireplace to melt the rubber off the copper.

“They were just going to tear apart the house and get any copper they could steal,” Yarbrough said.

Bugg also found a small amount of methamphetamine for personal use on Dodson and Poling, Yarbrough said. They were both charged with burglary in the first degree, criminal damage to property and possession of methamphetamine, and they were transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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