HURLOCK - Two Hurlock residents are facing multiple charges of theft and burglary from two incidents allegedly involving the theft of 688 pounds of copper wire valued at more than $13,000 which was allegedly sold as scrap for a total of $693.
Rebekah Ann Cheesman, 19, of 302 Charles St., and David Aaron Pressley, 20, of 6237 Rossling St., have each been charged with two counts of burglary, fourth-degree theft and conspiracy for that crime, according to online court records, and single counts each of theft less than $10,000, but more than $1,000 and theft less than $100,000, but more than $10,000 following their arrests Monday, Nov. 19, on warrants from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.
Pressley is being held on $25,000 bond and Cheesman was released on $10,000 bond, with trial for both set Jan. 16, 2013, in Dorchester County District Court, according to online court records.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office was contacted at 9:31 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, about the theft of 1,500 feet of copper wire, valued at $10,000, from an irrigation system at a farm at 5609 LeCompte Road owned by Warren McWilliams, according to charging documents.
Deputies met with Russell Stevens and Ronald Bennett at the LeCompte Road farm and learned that copper wire missing from the irrigation system they had been working on matched copper wire Bennett had observed Saturday at Hurlock scrap metal recycler.
At the recycling company, deputies learned the copper wire, totaling 252 pounds, had been sold Saturday by Cheesman and Pressley, according to charging documents. An employee of the recycling company told deputies that the pair also had sold 436 pounds of similar copper wire in early October [-] wire matching the description of that missing from the irrigation system of a farm at 4445 Waddells Corner, according to charging documents.
When deputies met with Cheesman, she told them that Pressley had contacted her about selling the copper wire, explaining that she had met him in her truck several times on "back roads" late at night in North Dorchester to pick up scrap metal which then was sold.
Online court records show five active cases for Pressley involving thefts or burglary, dating back to Aug. 11, including an alleged Sept. 20 incident also involving two counts of possession of illegal drugs that are not marijuana, for which he faces trial Jan. 30 in Dorchester County District Court.