Man trying to steal copper wiring dies from electric shock, police say | Crime
By Jeff Rivenbark - email
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police say a man who was trying to steal copper wiring from a building was electrocuted Wednesday night.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. at 2509 Double Oaks Road.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Thomas Justice Freeman III received an electric shock while cutting a live wire with a pair of bolt cutters.
Freeman, 46, fell about 30 feet to the ground and was then taken by two accomplices in the back of a pickup to Carolinas Medical Center. He died at 8:18 p.m.
The CMPD says the two suspects met at Freeman's home around 5 or 6 p.m. and devised a plan to steal copper wire and split the profits.
Police say Freeman used his own 40-foot ladder and climbed 30 feet before using the bolt cutters.
The other two suspects remained at the hospital with Freeman and were later taken to police headquarters for questioning.
"Freeman had burn marks on his body consistent with receiving an electric shock," said CMPD spokesman Bob Fey.
Police officers located a white Chevrolet at the hospital with a trailer that had some copper wiring. They also found a pair of yellow bolt cutters that was used by Freeman, Fey said.
When police went to the crime scene they found a 35 foot pole with copper wiring connected to another pole. Police said the copper wires showed that someone had attempted to cut it, but they were unsuccessful. Cops also found a 40 foot ladder on the ground that was extended to 30 feet.
The CMPD says charges are pending against the two suspects who assisted Freeman. Police have not released their names at this time.
If you know anything about this incident, call 704-432-TIPS and speak with Detective Manassah. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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