A Cumberland man is facing a theft charge after allegedly damaging electrical equipment and stealing copper wire from a cell tower in Cumberland.
Timothy Shepherd, 34, of Cumberland, was arrested Wednesday by Kentucky State Police Det. Jason Joseph.
According to the arrest warrant obtained by Joseph, Shepherd stole copper wiring from the the Appalachian Wireless cell tower located on Sand Hill in Cumberland on three separate occasions from April 4 to May 2. Shepherd also damaged an electrical box.
The warrant states the value of the thefts exceed $2,500. Damage costs exceed $1,000.
A press release states on May 3 a portion of the stolen copper was recovered after officers found Shepherd stripping the wire at a residence.
Shepherd was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and first-degree criminal mischief.
Shepherd was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.
Detectives Craig Miller and Josh Howard assisted with the case.
In other police activity, The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Albert Farley, 34, of Evarts, on an indictment warrant charging him with two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Farley was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on bonds totalling $2,000 secured by 10 percent.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde