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Five arrested in Farmerville copper theft

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FARMERVILLE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Five people have been arrested on various charges, including burglary, which started when Union Parish sheriff's investigators conducted an undercover operation into illegal purchasing of copper at a Farmerville scrap metal business.

Since the investigation began, investigators with the sheriff's office and Marion police learned that two employees who worked at Ajax Recycling in Farmerville were involved in three burglaries at the old Marion Nursing Home and another was involved in a residential burglary in the Dean community south of Marion. At least five firearms were taken in the burglary.

Sheriff Bob Buckley said the undercover operation started after the department received a number of complaints that Ajax was not following a new state law concerning the buying of copper wire, which is selling at a very high price.

The new law states that a person can't sell copper wire without first filling out the proper paperwork and then waiting five days. An employee at Ajax paid the undercover deputy when he brought in some wire on Nov. 6. She was issued a summons to appear in court.

Buckley said that on Nov. 12 sheriff's investigators received information from Marion police about a burglary at the abandoned nursing home. The investigation revealed that the building was entered on three different occasions and that every piece of copper from the walls to the roof was stolen amounting to thousands of dollars.

Arrested in those burglaries were Carla Manning, 26, of 605 Jackson St., Farmerville, and Curtis Lloyd, 19, of Marion. They were each booked on three counts of simple burglary.

As the investigation continued, investigators learned Devin Dorsey, 27, of 530 Washington St., Farmerville, another Ajax employee, Devin Dorsey, 27, of 530 Washington St., Farmerville, another Ajax employee, was a suspect in the Dean residential burglary.

Dorsey and Quinndarryle Traylor, 38, of Marion, were booked into the parish detention center for aggravated burglary. It was learned that Dorsey was wanted in California for drug-related charges and was booked for being a fugitive from justice. Traylor was arrested with the help of Bastrop police. He also was booked for being a fugitive from justice from Marion police.

A fourth Ajax employee, Ainslee Nigh, 23, of 1036 Hog Pen Rd., Bernice, was booked for accessory after the fact of aggravated burglary. Investigators said two of the stolen firearms were found at her residence.

Buckley said the copper and other metal taken from the nursing home building were sold in Morehouse Parish and Union County, Ark.

The sheriff said the investigation is continuing.

 

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