NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say they arrested a man early Thursday morning after they caught him stealing copper from AT&T service trucks.
A North Charleston Police Department officer was patrolling Landmark crossing around 1 a.m. when she noticed a car with the trunk opened, parked in front of an AT&T store on Fortune Drive, an incident report states.
The officer said as she approached the vehicle, the driver quickly pulled out of the parking lot and turned onto Industry Drive, speeding away at approximately 60 miles per hour. The officer said the driver continued, even after she turned on her blue lights and siren.
When the driver arrived at the corner of Industry and Associate, police say a male passenger jumped out and ran off. At that point, the officer was able to hold the driver, 44-year-old Larry Brown, at gunpoint until assisting units arrived.
Brown told police he was sleeping in his vehicle when an unknown man jumped in.
Authorities returned to the AT&T store and searched the area, finding several spools and rolls of insulated copper wiring that had been thrown over the rear fence of the store. As the search continued, police realized the wiring had been taken from some of the work trucks.
Police said 25 rolls in all, valued at $2,500, were found at the scene.
Brown was arrested and charged with grand larceny and failure to stop for blue lights. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday.
The man who jumped out of the car has not been located.