Second arrest made in copper theft

MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County Sheriff deputies have made a second arrest in the theft of copper materials at South Jefferson Elementary School, which occurred in February.

Anthony Hoskins, 20, of Harpers Ferry was arrested April 10 at a residence in Willowbrook subdivision in Charles Town.

“We received an anonymous tip Tuesday that Hoskins was at a friend’s house. Sheriff units responded and he was arrested without incident,” said Detective Steven Holz.

Holtz said Cpl. Ben Williams interviewed Hoskins Tuesday evening and Hoskins admitted to his involvement in the copper theft.

Hoskins was charged with grand larceny, a felony, and destruction of property, also a felony, said Holtz.

The copper theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 a.m. Feb. 18, thieves stole the copper from nine HVAC units from the top of South Jefferson Elementary School and the top of two classroom trailers.

Officials said the value of the copper was between $800 and $1,000.

The damage to the HVAC equipment was estimated at $300,000.

Deputies arrested another suspect, Gary Heflin, Jr. at his home in Harpers Ferry in March and he was charged for felony destruction of property and grand larceny.

Heflin posted $25,000 bond at arraignment.

Hoskins, according to the sheriff’s department, has been in Florida and recently returned to Jefferson County.

Hoskins is currently being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on $30,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing, police say.

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