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Local man charged in alleged theft of copper
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A Pembroke man was arrested in Savannah earlier this week as he allegedly tried to make off with several rolls of copper wire from Georgia Power on Killowat Drive.

Lenard Palmer, 52, was arrested on Sunday and is currently being held without bond on two counts of burglary and one count each of obstruction by fleeing, obstruction by resisting and criminal trespass at the Chatham County Jail. He is due in court July 2, the jail confirmed.

Palmer stole the nearly 90 pounds of copper wire valued at about $300 Sunday afternoon but a witness saw him and was able to describe him and his vehicle to police.

Within minutes officers spotted his car and stopped him, according to a press release put out by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police. When Palmer leaned why he was pulled over he reportedly tried to run off, but police were able to capture him without incident.

Lynn Wallace, a spokesperson for Georgia Power, wouldn’t confirm the 90 pounds of wire police said was stolen because of security reasons, but said all that was stolen was returned.

Wallace pointed out that stealing copper wire is very dangerous, especially because of the high voltage associated with Georgia Power’s properties.

"Individuals who try to get into secure areas where there are high voltage transmissions and distribution lines need to realize that it’s extremely dangerous," she said. "There is a severe danger there and we want to make sure the public understands that."

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