Police arrested two people in connection with a string of Westerville-area copper thefts.
Westerville police confirmed Thursday that Glenn E. Simpson Jr. and Melissa D. Goldsmith, of Pataskala, were arrested in connection with multiple thefts of copper wiring from area businesses.
Police said that, with the assistance of the Delaware County Drug Task Force, they were conducting surveillance on Simpson and Goldsmith when they caught then cutting wire from a transformer box behind a building along U.S. Route 23 and Lazelle Road.
Authorities followed the pair to a hotel near state Route 161 and Interstate 71, where they located criminal tools and a large amount of copper wiring.
Simpson allegedly was with a 17-year-old male, who police arrested and then later released.
Police in Westerville have taken four reports of stolen copper over the last week. This is the third consecutive week the department has seen multiple copper thefts.
Cheryl Popyak, co-owner of Shag Hair Studio, said that after days in the dark, she was happy to get back to work on Thursday.
"We were out of electricity from Sunday through Thursday morning," Popyak said. "People were out of work for three days."
Old Barn Flowers and Compumax also were forced to close because of stolen copper.
"You just worry it's going to happen again, and hope that it doesn't," Popyak said.
Authorities believed Simpson and Goldsmith were responsible for many thefts in the area. Both were booked with the Westerville Division of Police and then transported to the Franklin County Jail.
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