Claremore Daily Progress

Crime/Courts

June 19, 2013

Truck, copper theft arrested in Claremore

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an identified suspect responsible for the May theft of a pickup truck and 3,000 pounds of stranded copper stolen from a ranch near Chelsea.

Matthew James Fuller, 26, from Chelsea was apprehended Tuesday and charged with burglary II, grand larceny and malicious destruction of private property. Fuller has since been released on a $5,000 bond.

Texas and Southwestern  Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger John Cummings said the suspect allegedly broke into the owner of K&D Construction’s nearby barn, loaded the truck with three 750-foot coils of large diameter copper cable and drove off. The wire was worth approximately $7,000.

Authorities were contacted after the truck was found by local fishermen on June 3 in North Chelsea Lake. The copper wire was recovered on June 12. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Rogers County Investigator Joe Garber and Deputy Virgil Carter received a tip and were able to locate the stolen copper in an open field in the Foyil area.

TSCRA had offered a $500 reward through the association’s Operation Cow Thief hotline for any information leading to the arrest.

“This was truly a team effort,” said Cummings. “Everyone worked together to locate the stolen property and arrest the suspect.”

TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

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