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Two men arrested in string of copper thefts

Jun 03, 2013 | 07:22 PM |

Tags  Trinidad Drilling, Anthony Navarro, James Stanley, Adam Montgomery, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of copper thefts at a drilling equipment manufacturing facility in Frierson, La.

Anthony Navarro and James Stanley were arrested June 1 after police released photos of the suspects and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The thefts, which took place at Trinidad Drilling Ltd., occurred on six separate incidents beginning in August, according to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“The suspects cut heavy-gauge wire from drill rigs located inside the Trinidad facility,” Sgt. Adam Ewing told AMM. “In all, they took about 7,000 to 8,000 pounds of copper and hauled it away on a pickup truck.”

Trinidad Drilling estimates that the cost to repair the damaged rigs will likely exceed $1 million, Ewing said.

A warrant has been issued for a third suspect, Adam Montgomery, who is being sought by law enforcement, Ewing said. Navarro and Stanley are currently in custody awaiting a bond hearing.

Calgary, Alberta-based Trinidad Drilling, which provides drilling equipment to the oil and gas industry, has 13 locations in North America.

The company did not return requests for comment.

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