Man charged in wire burglaries

Published: Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:58 p.m.
An Ocala man was arrested Saturday morning after undercover police say they observed him trying to steal heavy electrical wire from a Northeast Industrial Park business in Gainesville.
Benjamin Adams, 24, is believed to have stolen hundreds of pounds of thick copper wire from All Florida Electric Company Inc. in recent weeks, according to Gainesville Police Detective Alan Gray.
"It is worth a lot of money in copper scrap," Gray said.
GPD undercover detectives reported that Adams parked near All Florida Electric, 2606 NE 17th Terrace, and then attempted to enter the compound through a hole he had cut in the fence.
Gray said Adams heard employees inside the compound, ran from the business and then left in his 1994 purple Ford Ranger about 5 a.m. Saturday.
After being stopped by marked patrol units, Adams dropped a small bag of powdered cocaine on the ground. A $1 bill with cocaine residue was found in his ashtray.
A large set of bolt cutters with blades covered in copper were found in the back of his truck.
"You looked at them, and you could see these bolt cutters had been cutting a large piece of electric wire," Gray said.
According to an arrest report, Adams admitted to stealing about $1,100 worth of insulated copper wire from All Florida Electric during two prior burglaries.
Adams was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted burglary.
Gray said other charges are expected to be filed against Adams during the next few days.

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