Arrest In Utility Company Theft

Copper Wiring Theft

A Geneva County man has been arrested in connection with recent break-ins of utility companies in both the Wiregrass and Northwest Florida. The suspect was stealing thousands of dollars worth of copper wiring.

In security camera footage at Wiregrass Electric Co-Op in Hartford, a man was videoed stealing copper wiring from a bucket truck earlier this month. Police say the suspect is 28-year-old Terry Seay of Hartford.

Seay has also been charged by the Walton County Sheriff's Department for a similar break-in and theft at a power utility outside of Defuniak Springs.

A few weeks-ago, the owner of an Enterprise Recycling Company says she remembers the suspect coming into her business with copper wiring to sell. He seemed very knowledgeable about the recent price increases.

Utility company personnel are now taking added security measures to insure that it’s not stolen.

Besides Hartford Police and the Walton County Sheriff's Department, information provided by Coffee County proved instrumental in solving the case.

One scrap metal business in Dothan is reportedly out thousands of dollars after buying the "hot" copper wire from Seay.