Whitesburg KY

Hearing this week for three charged with cutting phone lines for copper

Police say men are responsible for theft of 4,507 lbs. of copper

Preliminary hearings for three men accused of receiving 4,507 pounds of stolen copper from AT&T phone lines are set for 1 p.m. on June 9 in Letcher District Court.

Kentucky State Police arrested James D. Warren, 54, Preston Halcomb Jr., 22, and David Jason Bowling, 35, on June 1. Each is charged with receiving stolen property (more than $500).

According to an arrest warrant, Halcomb, of 1995 Preston Road, Letcher, disposed of 2,259 pounds of stolen copper at Southern Steel in Isom knowing that the copper valued at $6,777 had recently been stolen from AT&T phone lines.

Warren, of 19 Irishman Creek Road, Hindman, went to the same scrap yard and took 1,691 pounds of stolen copper valued at $5,364 taken from AT&T phone lines, according to an arrest warrant.

Police say Bowling, of 131 Vernis Back Road, Cornettsville, disposed of 557 pounds of stolen copper at Southern Steel in Isom. The copper taken from AT& T phone lines is valued at $1,671.

Additional charges are possible in Letcher and Perry counties pending presentation of the investigation to grand juries.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Det. Joel Abner and KSP Det. Billy Pollard.

Bowling posted bond on June 2, which was set at $10,000 unsecured with home incarceration and work release.

Halcomb and Warren remain lodged in the Letcher County Jail. Halcomb’s bond is set at $10,000 unsecured with home incarceration. Bond for Warren remains at $10,000 cash.

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