Six charged with stealing miles of copper line from utility poles, Boone Co. Sheriff's Office says

FLORENCE, Ky. – Six people have been charged with cutting miles of copper line from Duke Energy utility poles throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and selling it to area recycling centers, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

After a sheriff’s office task force conducted a two-month investigation, a Boone County Grand jury brought charges of engaging in organized crime, theft by unlawful taking (over $10,000) and criminal mischief 1st degree against:

➢ Justin Matthews, 23 of Covington, Ky.;

➢ Casey Jones, 27, of Covington, Ky.;

➢ Derek New, 25, of Dayton, Kuy.;

➢ Robert Perkins, 24, of Elsmere, Ky.,

➢ Tiffanee Spivey, 24, of Independence, Ky.;

➢ Rachel Merkel, 23 of Florence, Ky.

Perkins, Spivey, Jones, and Merkel were held Wednesday in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Matthews was held in the Hamilton County Justice Center and New had not been picked up.

The  recycling centers cooperated fully with the investigators, the sheriff's office said.

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