Suspects busted during dangerous copper theft

NEW CASTLE, Del. - October 17, 2008 It happened October 14th, at about 7:00 p.m. State Troopers tell Action News they had been monitoring Wallace Zimmerman, 44, and Albert Kucharski, 45, because they were suspected in a string of crimes.

Police say they watched Zimmerman and Kucharski cut live electrical wires connected to two businesses and take the copper wire from the lines, then load the wire into Zimmerman's Jeep and flee.

Officers stopped the get-away-car a short distance from the scene and found the stolen wire and tools they suspect were used in a string of crimes.

Zimmerman and Kucharski face theft, conspiracy and other charges. Zimmerman, who lives in Dover, was locked up on $25,000 bail. Kucharski, who lives in in Wilmington, was locked up on $9,500 bail.

The two are also being investigated for recent similar crimes in the area.

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