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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Friday, July 5, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Two Rocky Mount men have been charged with three counts of grand larceny in connection with thefts of copper wire from an old manufacturing facility on Grassy Hill Road.

Joshua Gray Hayes, 31, and Brandon Ralph Forrest Dillon, 27, are also charged with three counts of breaking and entering the old Cooper Wood facility.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office had been conducting an investigation into thefts of copper and scrap metal from the facility since May, according to Lt. Todd Maxey.

As the result of extra patrol and surveillance, Investigator Eric Ingram and Deputy Jay Watkins discovered persons inside the building on July 1 about 10:30 p.m., Maxey said. Additional deputies and K-9 officers were called to the scene and surrounded the facility.

The two suspects surrendered without incident, Maxey said. The men were in possession of cutting tools and copper wire at the time of their arrest.

By early Tuesday morning, investigators were searching a residence on Diamond Avenue Extension, where evidence was seized related to the case and possibly other thefts, Maxey said.

Hayes is being held in the Franklin County Jail without bond. Dillon was released on his own recognizance.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000.

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