Arrest made on copper theft

MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff

CHARLES TOWN — A Harpers Ferry man has been arrested in connection to the theft of copper materials that caused extensive damage to the roof of South Jefferson Elementary School.

Gary Heflin, Jr., of 34 Spring Court, was arrested without incident at his home on Saturday by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy Cpl. Ben Williams and Detective Steven Holz, and charged with felony destruction of property and grand larceny in connection with the theft, which occurred at the school sometime between 10 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 a.m. Feb. 18.

Sheriff Bobby Shirley said Heflin confessed to his involvement in the incident, during which copper material was removed from nine HVAC units on top of South Jefferson and two classroom trailers. The value of the copper was between $800 and $1,000.

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

Bail has been set at $25,000.

Shirley said the investigation is continuing and that additional charges and arrests are anticipated.

“I am thankful for the hard work and dedication that Detective Holz and Corporal Williams put forth to bring these responsible for such a devastating crime against one of our public schools,” Shirley said. “It goes without saying that nothing is off limits when it comes to the theft of property and the destruction caused during its removal with these senseless acts.”

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