Attorney General Suthers Announces Copper Theft Indictments By Statewide Grand Jury

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the Colorado Statewide Grand Jury has indicted five people allegedly connected with a series of copper thefts. According to the indictment, the defendants burglarized five different commercial properties in Boulder and Adams counties between November 2004 and August 2006.

It is believed more than 22,500 pounds of copper wire and pipes – and nearly 10,000 pounds of other metals – were taken from the properties and then sold to recycling companies. Total revenues from stolen copper are estimated far in excess of $28,000, and property damage as a result of the crimes totals hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Because of the increasing value of copper, theft of the metal is an increasingly prevalent crime, with increasingly serious consequences for its victims,” said Suthers. “The hard work of Colorado law enforcement has brought five alleged criminals to justice, and businesses in Colorado are safer as a result.”

The investigation was a cooperative effort involving Northglenn Police Department, Longmont Police Department, Westminster Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Todd Wallace Gay, Gary Duane Buechler and Timothy Allan Nolan will face charges of violating the Colorado Crime Control Act, which are class two felonies and carry presumptive sentences from eight to twenty-four years. The three men were also indicted on multiple counts of burglary, criminal mischief and theft. Buechler and Gay were additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Sarah “Sally” Smith was indicted for burglary, criminal mischief and theft charges that allegedly occurred at the Northgate Bowling Alley in Westminster. Nicole Renee Wight was indicted with theft by receiving for her alleged role in selling the stolen copper wire and pipe.

These cases were filed in Adams County District Court. Adams County District Attorney, Boulder County District Attorney, and the Attorney General’s Office are working cooperatively to prosecute the defendants. It should be noted, any indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty.

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