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Arrests made in Harrison County grand copper wire theft

By Robin Y. Richardson
Feb. 14, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Christopher Parker, Jeffery McCreary, Shawn Brown

Three suspects were arrested last week in connection with a major copper wire theft that left more than 1,000 Panola Harrison Electric customers without utilities.

"Some individuals were stealing metal from a substation in southeast Harrison County," Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool reported to the Harrison County Commissioners Court Monday. "It left 1,692 Panola (Harrison) customers without hot coffee or a hot shower this past week, early one morning."

The electrical substation is located on Farm-to-Market Road 2199, off of State Highway 31. Sheriff McCool said he's happy to report that investigators have made three arrests in regard to the case.

Arrested were Jeffrey Dean McCreary, 46; Shawn Bradley Brown, 35; and Christopher Michael Parker, 43. The suspects, all of Marshall, were charged with theft of material or copper.

"All three of those subjects are known to law enforcement and are currently in custody of the Harrison County Jail," McCool said.

"Over $60,000 in damages was done at that substation for $60.90 in scrap metal," he noted.

McCreary was arrested on last Wednesday, Brown was arrested last Thursday and Parker was arrested last Friday. Investigator BJ Fletcher, who obtained warrants for all three, said theft of material or copper is a third degree felony. The punishment range, if convicted, is 2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000.

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