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2 held in phone wire thefts

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday for two Blackey men accused of stealing AT&T telephone wire.

Kentucky State Police detectives were investing recent thefts of telephone wires in Blackey at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 when they came upon Cecil J. Slone, 31, and Wade Engle, 46, who had a cable cutter in their possession, according to court documents. Officers saw the men point out an area of low lying telephone line, and the men ran about 15 feet when police announced their presence and ordered the men to stop and get on the ground, court records say.

Slone and Engle were each charged with one count of complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking over $ 500, complicity to commit first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing, and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

Both were being held in the Letcher County Jail with bond set at $1,000 cash each. A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Letcher District Court.

KSP Trooper Jody Sims said 1,000 feet of copper was taken in Roxana Monday and 170 feet of copper wire was recently taken from Blackey.

Cathy Lewandowski, senior public relations manager of AT&T Strategic Communications, said there were 10 copper thefts in the Letcher County/Whitesburg area in September.

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