A Sassafras man is accused of trying to sell stolen utility wire to a scrap metal dealer Tuesday morning.
Joseph W. Sizemore, 30, of 1708 Yellow Creek Road, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged with receiving stolen property after police found copper wire in two five-gallon buckets in the trunk of Sizemore’s 2004 Hyundai.
Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department was at Southern Steel in Isom early Tuesday morning when an employee told Damron that Sizemore had just left after he tried to sell utility wire and had been turned away.
Damron stopped Sizemore and asked to look through the car.
“He stated to me that he had taken the wire from an Elliott company truck in the Hazard community of Lothair,” wrote Damron in a uniform citation.
An American Electric Power Co. employee confirmed to Damron that Elliott contracts for AEP and supplies wire for the trucks.
“Mr. Sizemore stated that he had 66 pounds according to what was weighed at Southern Steel,” Damron wrote in a citation. “He stated that he had taken wire at around 1 p.m. and the truck was parked and the wire was located in the truck bed.”
Damron contacted the Hazard Police Department.
“Our case directly affected their case,” said Damron.
Sizemore will face theft charges in Hazard.
Damron said the sheriff’s department has worked with utility companies and made a drastic impact in maintaining the working conditions of utility lines.