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Huntsville, Alabama  35801


Henry Reyes                              Wendell Johnson

    Chief of Police                    Public Affairs Administrator

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Huntsville Police Make Arrests In Two Metal Theft Cases


Huntsville, Alabama (July 6, 2007) On Wednesday, July 5, Huntsville Police responded to a call from a citizen about a suspicious fire in a vacant field behind Butler High School. Spokesman Wendell Johnson said when Police arrived; they found 33-year-old Jason E. Kelso, of Huntsville burning over 300 pounds of copper wire. The wire, valued at $5,500, was stolen over the July 4th holiday from a nearby business. As a result of the investigation, Kelso has been connected to 7 other cases involving copper thefts. Kelso was arrested and charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools. He was booked into the Madison County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. Chief Henry Reyes commended Officers Sonny Sanders, Danny Whitt and Investigator Jerry Trew for a job well done.


In a separate case, one person has been arrested and another is being sought in connection with metal thefts from Tennessee Valley Recycling at 606 Triana Blvd.

Johnson said Police received information that employees were involved in a scheme to secure money from the business by overstating the weight of scrap metal coming in. The investigation revealed a customer and at least one employee were involved resulting in the loss of over $70,000. Forty-seven-year-old Wiyona Evans, an employee was charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree. She was booked into the Madison County Metro Jail. Investigators have obtained a warrant for 34-year-old Christopher Love, a customer of Tennessee Valley Recycling for Theft of Property 1st Degree. If anyone has information on Love, they should contact Huntsville Police at 722-7100.