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West Frankfort Man Facing Charges in Copper Wire Theft

BENTON – A West Frankfort man is facing multiple charges after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a rural West Frankfort home last Tuesday regarding someone burning copper wire.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Kyle Bacon says deputies soon arrived and saw a large coil of copper wire that had previously been burning within a fire pit. There were other pieces of wire present that had not yet been burned. Deputies soon contacted representatives from a nearby commercial construction site and determined that a large amount of wire had been stolen.

The investigation revealed that the wire had been stolen from that site. There was also a side by side UTV at the home that was reported stolen and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Bacon says as a result of the investigation, 52-year-old Ronald E. Vanzandt of West Frankfort, was charged with burglary, theft over $500, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of methamphetamine.

Theft of both commercial and residential grade copper wire is reported often. It results in the loss of thousands of dollars to Franklin County residents and businesses owners.

Bacon says there may be additional charges and further arrests as the investigation continues.