Cumberland Times-News

Police Log

July 15, 2011

7/16 - Arrests made in copper wire thefts

RAWLINGS — A monthlong investigation into the theft of copper wire on CSX property between Cumberland and McCoole resulted in the arrest of two people early Friday morning.

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the case by Maryland State Police, CSX Police, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office and Keyser City Police.

Based on information received from the public, two suspects were identified — Jennifer E. Hall, 28, of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Ronald E. Lepley, 33, of Meyersdale, Pa.

 On Friday at about 4 a.m., Hall was found in a vehicle located along U.S. Route 220 south of Rawlings and was placed under arrest by an Allegany County deputy without incident.

Maryland State Police medevac helicopter Trooper 5 and Mineral County K-9 assisted in the search for two male subjects seen on foot in the area. A short time later, Lepley was located by CSX Police walking along U.S. 220 and was arrested without incident. Both Hall and Lepley were charged with felony theft, felony theft scheme and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

The investigation into the third male suspect is ongoing and additional charges are pending for all involved, police said.

Hall was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $6,000 bond and Lepley on $40,000 bond, according to a jail spokesman.

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