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Woodville man charged with Nov. 7 tool theft

by Emily Waldrep

On November 7 at approximately 2 p.m. officers with the Woodville Police Department were dispatched to a reported residential burglary in progress in the 1000 block of West Dogwood Street.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the report was called in by a concerned neighbor who said that he had seen a male subject leaving a residence next door riding a bicycle and carrying a back pack with items that looked like power tools. The caller said that the same residence had been burglarized a year ago and that he had been watching the residence since that time for suspicious people in the area.

The caller gave officers a physical description of the man and minutes later officers located a person matching that description.
"During the interview with this person officers observed him with several items in a back pack," McCulley said. "These items, according to the person, were taken by him from the residence on Dogwood St.; but, he claimed to work for the owner and had permission to use the items."

Officers recorded the items and identity of the person on the bike, released him, and later made contact with the owner.

"The owner confirmed that he in fact had not given permission to anyone to use those items," McCulley said.

Officers located the suspect at his residence on Meadowlark St. in Woodville and were also able to locate the items in question hidden in and around the suspect's residence.

Woodville Police arrested Herbert Wayne Copes, age 57, of Woodville and recovered the items at the residence.

Copes is charged with Burglary of a Building, State Jail Felony bond was set by Woodville Municipal Court Judge Judith Haney at $15,000.

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