Arrest made in attempted high-dollar wire theft
The attempted theft of approximately $70,000 worth of electrical cable from the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital construction site was foiled by an alert South Hill police officer on routine patrol.
Now an arrest has been made.
Michael Timothy Cook, 32, of Essex, Md., has been charged with five felonies related to the crime, while investigators continue to search for a co-conspirator who escaped on the night of the incident, which occurred Oct. 14 around 11:30 p.m.
According to South Hill Police Chief Stuart Bowen, Sgt. Scott Zincone on routine patrol found the gate to the construction site had been opened and entered the construction site. The perpetrators, who had a truck and trailer loaded with electrical cable, saw the marked police vehicle coming and took off running.
They escaped that night, but soon after, Cook was identified as a suspect. Investigators are still working to identify the second suspect.
Bowen said Cook has an extensive criminal history in multiple states. He was arrested Dec. 12 and charged with grand larceny, grand larceny with intent to sell, felony possession of burglary tools, conspire to commit grand larceny $200 or more, and conspire to commit grand larceny with intent to sell or distribute.
The truck and trailer utilized in the break-in have been seized and are pending asset forfeiture.
Bowen commended Zincone as well as Det. Chuck Mayer for their work on the case and thanked other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation.