Blount County man charged in string of copper thefts

Blount County man charged in string of copper thefts

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Jason Cummings (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Jason Cummings (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

ROCKFORD (WATE) - The Blount County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Rockford man Thursday in connection with a string of copper thefts during the past several months.

Jason William Cummings, 33, is charged with two counts of burglary, nine counts of theft of property and two counts of vandalism.

Sheriff James Berrong says Cummings' arrest is the result of a several-month long investigation. During the investigation, detectives discovered Cummings is allegedly responsible for multiple burglaries and thefts of copper from new construction, abandoned homes, homes for sale and air conditioning units around Blount County, Maryville, Alcoa and Knox County.

Detectives traced much of the stolen copper to a Knoxville recycling company.

Cummings is being held on $73,500 bond. Additional charges are pending.

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