Thieves burned, shocked & crushed for copper


Copper thefts have been on the rise in the last couple of years.

As the economy wreaks havoc on jobs and income some people find stealing copper an easy way to make a buck. In some instances thieves can do thousands of dollars of damage to property only to collect $100 from junk yards and recycling centers.

Air conditioner coils are usually the number one target and some copper thieves are going all out risking life and limb to get a hold of the metal.


An 18-year-old Jonvan Spears lost part of his hand and was suffered severe burns in an explosion at a brickyard.

Police believe Spears caused the explosion and fire while allegedly trying to steal copper from the business.


Phillip Tinskey, 25 allegedly broke into a utility substation before 4 a.m. to steal copper only to get himself shocked with more than 7,000 volts and knocking out power to a nearby neighborhood.

A Dillon County man got stuck under a roll off dumpster after attempting to steel cooper. (Photo by Dillon County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities were called to a house in the area  hours later to find Tinskey suffering second- and third-degree burns to his legs, chest and arms.


Gibson Cook, 56, got stuck under a roll off dumpster and was unable to free himself at a landfill while allegedly trying to steal copper wiring.

Police say Cook broke into the Landfill around 7:30 p.m. and got stuck under the dumpster. Workers found him the next morning, nearly 12-hours later. Emergency crews used air bags to lift the container off Cook, who wasn’t injured.


About Chris Hall
Hi, I'm Chris, also know as Daddy from the blog "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy." I am a stay-at-home dad who loves spending time with my son Jaydon. In my spare time I work evenings and weekends at the Charleston County Library. Be sure to check out our blog, "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy."

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