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Copper theft probe leads to drug arrests

Robert Sheffield Robert Sheffield
Albert Perkins Albert Perkins
Willie Perkins Willie Perkins

A Decatur County Sheriffs office investigation into a copper theft resulted in three arrests, and the two of them for drug offenses.

Investigators discovered about 200 pounds of span wire was sold to a local recycling plant by Robert Sheffield.

While they were trying to locate Sheffield, they found James Moran who they believed knew where Sheffield was. 

In the back of his pickup was Willie and Albert Perkins and an unrestrained 9-year-old.

Under a spare tire they found a plastic bag with cocaine.

Police than obtained a warrant to search Perkins' home, and discovered he was burning wire and growing marijuana plants in the backyard.

They tracked down Sheffield, and he's charged with theft by talking and criminal damage to property.

Robert Sheffield is suspected to have taken the wire from multiple farms around Decatur County.

Willie and Albert Perkins are brothers. Investigators think the Perkins brothers are connected with Sheffield, but don't currently have enough evidence to make the connection.

Both Perkins are currently being held on felony drug charges and after more investigating could also be charged in the thefts.


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