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Suspect held in theft again

A Brewton man out on bond was arrested last Friday and his bond revoked after being caught stealing scrap metal for the second time in less than a month, sheriff’s officials said.

Lt. Adam Johnson with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Jason Earl Wright of 1825 Andrew Jackson Street in Brewton following a traffic stop on Aug. 6 after receiving a complaint of stolen scrap a day earlier from a property owner on Cooper Cemetery Road in Brewton.

According to Johnson, the property owner, who has filed numerous complaints of scrap metal theft, caught Wright loading scrap metal onto his truck on Aug. 3 and asked him to unload it and he would not file charges against him. The following morning, the complainant woke up and the scrap metal was gone.

“Fortunately the property owner had taken photographs of the suspect’s truck and the suspect as he unloaded the metal,” Johnson said.

On Aug. 5, Johnson attempted to pick up Wright at his residence, but was unsuccessful. He was picked up a day later during the traffic stop and admitted attempting to steal the scrap metal, according to Johnson.

Wright was charged with theft of property third degree and criminal trespass third degree.

“We filed to revoke his bond because he was arrested on July 19, 2010 by Flomaton Police officer Matt Teal for stealing scrap metal on Welker Road,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the ECSO filed for the revocation because Wright is considered a habitual offender.

The ECSO has warned county residents for the past couple of weeks of increasing scrap metal thefts including copper urging everyone to keep any scrap metal out of sight. In addition, the office continues to urge residents to report any suspicious activity.

“Any information we can receive from the public is beneficial however insignificant to them, it may be significant to us” Johnson said. “It may help us solve several scrap metal theft cases because the sheriff’s office has been overwhelmed with reports of scrap metal thefts.”

Anyone with information or concerns regarding scrap metal thefts are urged to contact the ECSO at 251-809-2143.