FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Fayette County man is in jail for stealing copper from Frontier Communications. The incident happened May of 2017 and a warrant for his arrest has been out since then.
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, a Deputy was called to the Beards Fork area of Fayette County for telephone wire theft from the utility poles. Deputies and a tech worker from Frontier noticed that the residence of Keeneth Vickers and could see empty sheaths that house the wire all in the creek between the railroad tracks and Kenneth Vicker’s house.
The total 100 pair wire theft from this scene was 1300 foot of cable. The 100 pair has a total of 200 little wires inside of it. The total cost for the company to replace the wire is $11,349.00. The cost of just the cable that was stolen is $2,496.00. Numerous customers were affected by this theft and lost service according to one customer during the afternoon hours of April 28, 12017.
The Deputy went to Jr’s recycling in Oak Hill to see if the wire from this theft was turned in there. They checked and found a receipt for 92 pounds of #2 copper wire turned in by Kenneth Vickers on Monday, May 1, 2017. The wire was counted and it matched a total of 200 total wires.
Kenneth Vickers is charged with damage or destruction of public utility company property, grand larceny, and transferring and receiving stolen property.
Vickers was booked into the Southern Regional Jail on Monday, May 21, 2018, waiting for arraignment.