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Duo suspected in copper theft spree faces new charges

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Feb 19 2013 07:30:13 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2013 07:36:19 PM CST
Hoggard and Johnson
PANTEGO -

Two men are charged for allegedly stealing thousands of feet of copper wire in Beaufort County.

Joshua Cole Hoggard, 22, of Pine Ridge Road in Windsor, and James Walter Johnson, 24, of North Wheeler Street in Merry Hill, are already in jail on similar charges in other counties. They are now accused of stealing more than 1,000 feet of control wire from each irrigation system on Christian School Road in Pantego. Deputies said the incident happened on Jan. 8, 2013.

According to investigators, similar thefts happened in five other counties- Bertie , Chowan, Gates, Martin and Washington Counties.

Beaufort County deputies charged both Hoggard and Johnson with two counts of felony larceny, two counts of injury to personal property and two counts of unlawful transportation of copper.

Those charges were served to Johnson one Feb. 15, while he was being held in the Hertford County Detention Center on related charges. His bond was increased an additional $22,000.

The new charges were served to Hoggard on Feb. 18, while he was being held in the Bertie County Detention Center on related charges. His bond was increased an additional $50,000.