LACKEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Monroe County sheriff's investigators have been working since October to solve a copper theft from the attic of an apartment in Lackey.
This week, they made an arrest in the case.
The sheriff said Adam L. Welch of Hamilton, Mississippi, got 52 pounds of copper out of the apartment.
According to the sheriff, the stolen copper was worth $2,000 and was likely sold for $119.
"He's not cooperating like we would like for him to. We've got witnesses. We've got a strong case against this gentleman," said Cantrell.
Cantrell added that although the government has cracked down on copper theft the last few years, there are still a few places in our area where a thief can get paid.
He said the copper in this case was sold in Alabama.
"They can take old refrigerators, deep freezers or whatever and get copper and other stuff out of them to sell. And batteries too," added Cantrell.
The sheriff said his experience has shown that most copper thieves are looking to sell the stolen item for drug money.