Arrest Made in Hazen Copper Theft

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Lyon County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Fernley man Wednesday afternoon on charges related to the theft of thousands of dollars in copper wire and cable from a Hazen area aggregate plant.

Lt. Brian Vale says investigators believe 27 year old Cody Clark sold some of the stolen wire to a Fernley scrap yard.

The investigation apparently focused on Clark after the wire was discovered and records at the business named Clark as the seller. Dealers in scrap metal routinely require sellers to submit identification.

Hundreds of feet of the expensive wire was stolen from a quarry belonging to A & K Earthmovers near Hazen the weekend of April 24 and 25. The wire, which can cost as much as $22 dollars a foot, is used to power the conveyor belts and crushers at the quarry.

The theft came as the company was preparing to return the plant to operation and it delayed a return to work for A&K employees some of whom had been laid off for several months.

Company spokesman Jack Hisey says the employees returned to work after $10 thousand dollars in repairs.

Theives also struck the company's Bella Vista Pit in the Truckee Meadows the same weekend. Total loss for the two thefts is believed to be $60 to 70 thousand dollars.

Clark was also charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigations in Churchill, Lyon and Washoe counties are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Churchill and Lyon County Sheriff's Departments, the Reno Police Department or Secret Witness which has posted an open cash reward in the case.

Copper theft has become a chronic problem for many businesses as prices for the metal has risen in recent years.