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Friday, 01 March 2013 10:30

Copper Thieves Arrested in St. Clair County

(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- Three St. Clair County men remain jailed after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in copper wire. Sheriff's deputies say the break-in and theft of the copper wire from Xtreme Powerline on Dove Road took place during the nighttime hours Wednesday. Deputies and officers from the Major Crimes Unit set up surveillance at the business the following night, believing those responsible would return to pick up wire they had stacked outside the business's fence. The suspects did return and were observed loading the copper wire into a pickup truck. Authorities arrested the three suspects shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday during a traffic stop. The wire was valued at $15,000. During arraignment, 23-year old Oramel Burnham IV of Port Huron Township, 22-year old Dennis Zultak of Kimball Township and 40-year old Brian Hall of Port Huron were charged with one count of larceny over $1,000 but less than $20,000 and one count of conspiracy to commit larceny. Hall was also charged with fourth offense habitual offender. Hall is being held on a $50,000 cash bond, Burnham is jailed on a $20,000 cash bond and Zultak is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. Preliminary hearings were set for March 12th in 72nd District Court.