PORT CHARLOTTE - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two Port Charlotte residents charging them with theft of 3,270 feet of copper wiring pulled from seven new street light poles Wednesday on Midway Blvd. in Port Charlotte.
Friday, CCSO Warrant Squad detectives observed Thomas Kristoffer Radell, 28, departing a residence driving a Chevrolet Lumina. Radell was known to detectives as having a suspended driver’s license and an active Desoto County warrant for Retail Theft. Detectives followed Radell but he sped up and no pursuit was made. However, a BOLO was issued and moments later a K9 Unit spotted the car parked in a driveway without the driver. The K9 Unit saw in plain view, a roll of stripped copper wire in the back seat.
Moments later, Warrant Squad detectives observed Radell walking nearby and he was detained. They went back to his home and the owner allowed detectives into the home that she rented a room to for Radell and his girlfriend 32 year old Kellie Kay Ordish. While in the home, detectives saw black wire casings and copper wire in the couple’s bedroom.
A search warrant was obtained for the car and home, and more wire was located in a shed outside the home; some had been stripped, most was still intact. Detectives met with the contractor who installed the light poles on Midway Blvd. at the construction site and confirmed that the serial number stamped on the wire casings was identical to that found in the car, home and shed. Marijuana and a glass pipe were also found in the bedroom.
Radell and Ordish were transported to the Charlotte County Jail where they remain on no bond. Both are charged with Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Radell was additionally charged with Fleeing to Elude Police, Resisting an Officer, and was served the Desoto County warrant for Retail Theft.