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Suspects Charged in Copper Theft
August 29, 2013

Independence Police Department
223 N. Memorial Drive
Independence, MO 64050-3013

Public Information Office

Officer Tom Gentry
(816) 325-7258

News Release

For immediate release: August 29, 2013

Suspects Charged in Copper Theft

The listed individuals, Christopher L. Smith of Kansas City, MO and Timothy V. Thomas, also of Kansas City, MO, have been charged in Jackson County Court Division 30 with felony Theft/Stealing.

Smith and Thomas were caught by Independence Police on August 27, 2013, in the 1200 block of S. Osage in the apparent act of stealing approximately 13,000 ft. of telecommunications wire that were still on the transport spools.

Smith’s bond was set at $15,000 and Thomas’ bond was set at $10,000. Both bonds are 10% secured.


Christopher L. Smith



Timothy V. Thomas

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