CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - Three Arcadia men are facing charges tonight, accused of trying to sell 434 pounds of copper at a Cleveland recycling business. Deputies say the three had stolen the copper earlier in the day at an Arcadia recycling yard.
Arrested and charged with Dealing in Stolen Property were Brandon Phillip Taylor, John David Brakefield and Jason Corey Church.
The manager of Trademark Metals Recycling the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office after three men came to his business and attempted to sell the stolen copper. What the trio didn’t know was the manager received a call earlier from Chester Recycling in Arcadia, that a large amount of bare bright copper wire had been stolen from that business. CCSO detectives called Arcadia Police to come to Punta Gorda; they verified the 434 pounds of wire as that stolen in Arcadia earlier yesterday. Taylor, a former employee of the recycler, Brakefield and Church were identified on security video during the burglary.
The trio, detained by the Trademark manager, was to be paid $2.50 a pound or $1,085 for the 434 pounds of copper, that is, until CCSO detectives arrived. All three were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and posted $5,000 each.