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Charges Announced for Suspect in Copper Theft Bust
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Charges Announced for Suspect in Copper Theft Bust

A Las Vegas man arrested Wednesday will be charged with several counts in connection with a huge copper theft bust.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested Larry Chappel at his home at U.S. 95 and Jones. Thursday police announced Chappel faces three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal receipt of junk or salvage metal, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm. Police say Chappel told people how and where to steal copper. He would then sell the metal and share the profits with the people who had brought it to him. Officers can't say just how much Chappel has stolen but they do believe the arrest will make a dent in the copper theft crime in southern Nevada. "We don't know how big the slice of the pie this operation was as to the entirety of the copper thefts," said Sgt. John Sheahan.  "We have taken a out a pretty big slice of the pie of that problem."  Officers say they found a garage full of stolen goods at Chappel's home including copper, aluminum, car parts and air conditioners.  

 

 

 

 

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