Police: Spokane men steal hundreds of pounds of Avista copper wire

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Two Spokane men were taken into custody after allegedly stealing hundreds of pounds in copper wire from local job sites.

Post Falls police arrested 28-year-old Jason Wayne Wing and 22-year-old William Robert Fossell for felony possession of stolen property charges Wednesday.

Police say the suspects tried to sell more than 600 pounds of copper wire to a Post Falls recycler, who became suspicious when he noticed “Avista” stamped on the material.

Investigators learned two Spokane contractors reported break-ins at their work sites last week.

Several roles of copper wire belonging to Avista were taken from those sites, as well as tools.

One of the theft victims identified some of the wire and tools in the suspects’ van as his. He estimated the copper to be worth more than $1,600.

Wing and Fossell were booked into the Kootenai County Jail.

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