North Carolina men charged with copper wire theft from Georgetown High

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014

James Anthony Oxendine and Shand Andrew Strickland

A North Carolina man has been arrested in connection with copper theft that reportedly occurred at Georgetown High School on Memorial Day.

Police Capt. Nelson Brown says James Anthony Oxendine, 30, of 5770 Highway 211 E, Lumberton, N.C. and Shand Andrew Strickland, 19, of 252 Shand Drive, Pembroke, N.C. charged with obtaining nonferrous metals unlawfully.

A Georgetown High School site manager arrived at the school Memorial Day to unlock the building for contractors working on the sprinkler system.

The worker said almost all the doors were locked when the contractors left May 24.

It was sometime after that someone entered the building and stole more than $10,000 worth of electrical wire and hand tools belonging to Melton Electric Co. The items were in the maintenance room before they were taken.

The door to the maintenance room was unlocked but a worker said he is sure he locked it before he left.

Other wire was taken from the school’s auditorium.

Brown said the two men arrested were working for a sub-contractor who was installing the sprinkler system. Both suspects were and incarcerated in the Georgetown County Detention Center.

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