The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is needing the public’s help regarding a burglary that took place on May 27 at K&D Construction in Chelsea.
According to RCSO reports a 2006 white Chevrolet one ton crew cab work truck along with three large spools of new, non-insulated braided copper wire were stolen from the property.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings said the suspects broke into the victim’s barn, loaded the pickup of unused copper cable, drove off and then later dumped the truck.
Authorities were contacted after the truck was found Monday in North Chelsea Lake by local fisherman.
“These ol’ boys spotted the two oxygen tanks from the truck sticking out of the water near a soft drop off. They seemed to know the area pretty well,” said Lt. Deputy Jerry Smittle.
He said the three spools totaling 750 feet in length and weighing 3,000 pounds are still missing and are estimated to be worth approximately $7,000.
“Scrapping that much copper wire should raise a red flag with business owners.”
TSCRA authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects involved.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspects or wire should contact the Rogers County Sheriff’s Tipline at 918-341-3620 or John Cummings at 918-342-0888. Individuals reporting may choose to remain anonymous.
Sheriff Scott Walton said he thanks John Cummings with TSCRA for his assistance in the investigation.