by Emily Waldrep
A Woodville man was arrested for stealing and selling copper wire from a Woodville business, an ongoing problem in the county.
On June 24, Officer Dees with the Woodville Police Department took a report involving the theft of copper that occurred in the 1100 block of West Bluff Street in Woodville. The property owner reported to Officer Dees that a fellow business owner had contacted him regarding the theft.
Officer Dees met with both parties at the location of the theft and talked to a witness who reported seeing a male subject acting suspicious behind a building next door. The witness observed the man coming from behind the building with something in his hand, then walked over to a truck and put the items in the truck.
The witness was able to take down the vehicle plate number and contacted the Police. During Officer Dee's investigation at the scene, it was determined that the suspicious man had stolen several pieces of copper tubing that were attached to a A/C unit. Officer Dees took down the suspect vehicles information and later confirmed that the vehicle was seen at Woodville Iron and Metal located on US Hwy 69 north of Woodville.
The vehicle's driver was identified as Kenneth Sontag, age 58, of Woodville. The next day Officers located the vehicle in Woodville and made contact with the Sontag, who was found to have a suspended driver's license.
Sontag was arrested for the driver's license violation along with the charge of Theft-State Jail Felony. Bond was set at $25,000.
"These metal Thefts continue to be a ongoing problem all over the area, this case was able to be solved by another citizen getting involved," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. "Officers need the citizens to be on the watch for suspicious activity and to report it when observed. Thanks also to the employees at Woodville Iron and Metal for their assistance in documenting these transactions as they are made. With everyone working to together, maybe this type of crime will be reduced."