Tyler police catch copper and scrap metal thieves

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 1:52pm

Tyler Police have arrested several suspects for stealing copper tubing and scrap metal from local businesses and home owners over the past month.

Officers responded to an apartment building located in the 1800 block of W. Oakwood, around 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, on a possible burglary in progress. Officers spotted the suspect who jumped from a second floor window to escape the area. 28-year-old Deketus Lamarlo Goodwyn of Tyler fought with officers before being arrested. Goodwyn had entered the apartment building with the intent to steal copper tubing from the walls and fixtures. Several cases of copper theft have been reported to police over the past month at this location.

In another investigation, Tyler Radiator, located in the 100 block of S. Palace, has reported up to 100 radiators stolen from their property that were sold as scrap metal. The investigation into the multiple thefts led to the arrest of 60-year-old Billy Charles Andrews at his residence in Tyler today.

Also, 38-year-old Gary Todd Williams was arrested on January 6th for two thefts – one of copper from an air conditioning unit valued at $10,000 from the Salvation Army and another involving theft of copper from an air conditioning unit at Centro Cristiano De Mi Lagros Church located in the 700 block of N. Bois D Arc.

From Tyler Police Department

TYLER - A suspected copper thief is arrested in Tyler this morning, after police say he did some damage to a group of local apartments.

The suspect, 28-year-old Deketus Goodwyn, apparently ripped into the walls of some apartments in the 1800 block of West Oakwood.

KETK has a crew on the way to the scene, and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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