Two men who police say were caught in the act of stealing copper from a Georgia Power facility in Marietta on Tuesday have been linked to several other burglaries.
John Riley and Stanley Ledford were “caught red-handed” trying to steal copper from a Georgia Power facility on Sands Place around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin said in a statement released Wednesday.
Baldwin said that evidence recovered at the scene linked Riley and Ledford to seven burglaries at five other locations.
The suspects were each charged with four counts of burglary, with additional charges pending, Baldwin said.
According to Baldwin, Marietta police detectives, in collaboration with Smyrna police, Georgia Power and Marietta Board of Lights and Water, have been using “high tech, covert surveillance cameras in conjunction with other electronic monitoring devices at several locations in an effort to combat this epidemic.”
In the chaotic Fulton County court system, Judge Jerry Baxter’s impatience can be a virtue.From his Superior Court bench, he often views a courtroom packed with defendants charged with anything from murder to mayhem.