Four Charged With Theft Of Copper Wire From International Paper

August 31, 2013

Four people have been charged with stealing over a half ton of copper wire from International Paper in Cantonment.

Thomas Donald Cox, 37, Travis Wayne Hancock, 22,  Jacques Pierre Richard, 34, and William Maxwell Stewart, 24, were all charged with grand theft and released from the Escambia County Jail on a $5,000 bond each.

IP Security contacted the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to report they had located copper wire that was taken from the Cantonment facility by a group of contract workers. Deputies contacted the suspects and each gave a written confession, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Approximately 1,220 pounds of copper wire was recovered and returned to International Paper.  A vehicle was seized, and deputies learned that other copper wire stolen from IP had been transported to an Alabama recycling center 10-15 other times.


8 Responses to “Four Charged With Theft Of Copper Wire From International Paper”

  1. A. on August 31st, 2013 10:18 pm

    I wonder how many power tools have gone missing from these guys’ shift. I’ll bet each one of them will say they were being underpaid and that’s why they did it.

  2. Robert S. on August 31st, 2013 2:54 pm

    Curious so checked and found that while value changes up or down copper wire “recycles” for around $3.00 per pound.
    Wonder if they still think this was easy money?
    At least they confessed….hear that is good for the soul.

  3. 429SCJ on August 31st, 2013 2:24 pm

    To loose employment in this economic climate and for the reason of grand theft.

    The families of these men, those who are depending on them, will pay the price for this. I would hate to have to face them and these facts.

    Who will hire them after this?

  4. cpgone1 on August 31st, 2013 11:36 am

    Bond too low.

  5. moso on August 31st, 2013 11:16 am

    Kudos to security for job well done. What most people who steal from their jobs dont realize is you are not just taking a chance with your job they are risking others jobs as well. I hate to see young people go to jail but they make their own decisions, therefore they will eventually suffer the consequences. Big companies like I. P. Have many many companies bidding for jobs, these guys just risked the company they work for’s contract and everyone who works for that company’s job. Is any amount of money worth the job loss and welfare of numerous families? I pray that these guys have remorse for what they have done and whatever their punishment is, they learn and it will make a difference with future decisions. Sometimes security gets a bad wrap, but looks like they were doing their jobs here.

  6. fred on August 31st, 2013 10:01 am

    Well, this series of bad choices is going to lead to a very difficult time finding another job anywhere. I certainly would never hire someone who had done this – there are far too many honest people who would appreciate honorable honest employment.

    Boys, this little outing is going to cost you dearly, and for the rest of your life. I hope there are those reading this article who think twice about ever doing something like this. It stains your record forever and you will suffer the consequences from now on.

  7. Sammy on August 31st, 2013 9:15 am


  8. Ban Thar on August 31st, 2013 8:39 am

    I can understand when one person makes a bad decision in the heat of the moment.

    How do you get four people to make bad choices over and over again without at least one of them saying, “this is wrong, and I shouldn’t be doing it.”

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