Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 26, 2012

APD investigates copper wire theft, makes arrest

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — An Athens Police Department officer noticed suspicious activity at a closed-down motel building on East State Highway 31, Friday, and thwarted an attempted copper theft.

David Wayne Donaldson, 42, was charged with theft of material, unlawful use of a criminal instrument and criminal tresspass.

He remained in custody, Friday afternoon, with total bond set at $25,000. Theft of copper is a state jail felony.

Formerly the home of the Best Western motel, the building had been closed and marked with no tresspassing signs.

APD reports indicate that Officer Dustin Cook was patrolling in the area at about 1 a.m., and went to check the building. The officer saw what appeared to be a black object in the walkway, and got out of his vehicle to investigate.

Reports indicate that  Cook saw that a door to one of the rooms had been propped open with a chair. The officer checked that room, but didn’t see anyone inside.

Cook went to another door, and noticed a white male in an area where plumbing pipes were located.

The individual, later identified as Donaldson, was cutting up copper pipe, and removing it from the building.

Cook arrested Donaldson, who was transported to jail for booking. Cook was assisted at the arrest scene by Sgt. Jason McEntire and Officer Marshall Passons.