According to Texarkana, Texas Police Department they arrested two men after they were caught in the act of removing copper from a vacant duplex last Saturday.
Officer Warren Smith observed the two men standing outside of a vacant duplex in the 1900 block of Wood Street. One of them was holding several wires in his hands. When Smith approached the men, one of them told him that they “were scrapping” but did not have permission to be on the property. Smith saw numerous pieces of metal, aluminum, copper wiring, vent-a-hoods, and electric motors filling the bed of a truck parked next to the duplex. He also found several tools that are commonly used for removing copper and other metal items from a building.
Smith arrested Jody Attaway, 42, of Hooks, Texas and Gene Emfinger, 45, of Texarkana, Texas for Theft of Material, which is classified as a state jail felony. Both are currently being held at the Bi-State Jail on a $30,000 bond.