Suspect stripped wires from school welders

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By Becky Barnes

Police have an adult suspect in an overnight theft from the Harrison County Area Technology Center last week.
Sgt. Eric Kendall of the Cynthiana Police Department said that sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, and 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, someone entered the vocational school causing several thousand dollars in damages.
The intruders climbed the fence at the back of the school to gain entry. Kendall said there were no signs of a forced entry.
“It was mainly lead lines into the welders that were cut off, taken or damaged,” said Louise Jackson, office technology instructor, Tuesday afternoon.
Kendall said some of the property was recovered in the wooded area behind the vocational school and a few items were located at  Randy’s Recycling Center, including a 70-pound spool of insulated copper. The copper was sold for $70 and valued at $1,200.
Kendall said there was considerable damage to all of the equipment in the welding shop, including the welders, torch guns and cable.
Initially, there was concern that each of the welders would have to be replaced. However, Jackson said it now appears the equipment can be repaired.
Charges that will be sought against the suspect are third degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief and theft under $10,000.