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House ruined for its copper

By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 1, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Three teenagers in Thomasville are charged with destroying a home to get copper wiring.

18-year-old Andrew Cliett, 17-year-old Lynn Irvin, and 19-year-old Brian Player, Junior were arrested last week on charges of burglary and criminal damage to property. Investigators say the teens stole around 15 pounds of copper wiring from a vacant mobile home outside of Thomasville.

 "They just totally destroyed the house," said Inv. Jason Carroll of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office. "The sheetrock from the ceiling was ripped. The paneling and some of the walls they were kicked over. The wires, you could tell where the wires were pulled. They just totally made a mess of it."

The owner of the mobile home on Pullen Lane was planning to sell it, but the buyer backed out of the deal after seeing the damage. The teens told investigators they stole the copper to get money for gas and food.

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