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May 16, 2008

Bainbridge--Suspected copper crooks in Decatur County face felony charges.   Investigators say they linked Bobby Pearson, Shane Hoskins, and William Johnson to thefts in Decatur and surrounding counties.

Decatur authorities also arrested John Comerford, a junk dealer they say bought stolen metals.

Wiley Griffin, the Decatur county sheriff says thefts, especially from farming equipment, are getting out of control.  He's bringing in reinforcements to help fight the problem.

"We've just recently set a letter to every farmer in Decatur county alerting them of this problem so they can also be looking out and to please call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We put cell phone numbers to call us and 911," Griffin said.

They also asked the Georgia Bureau of investigation and the Department of Natural Resources to be on the lookout for copper thieves.

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