Copper wire thief in police custody, another still outstanding

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FLORENCE - The following is a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:

On Monday, May 11th, 2009 James Lee Roy Cox of Apache Junction was arrested and at a residence in the 700 block of Main Street in Superior, AZ., after a month long investigation into the theft of copper wire from a mine site owned by Kalamazoo Mining Corporation located at Mile Post 108 Highway 79.Mr. Cox was charged with crimes involving approximately $10,000 in copper theft and damages to the mine site.The plant manager, Don King, for Kalamazoo Mining Corporation said he was very happy with the outcome of the investigation.

The mine site was been burglarized at least three times during March and April of this year and although Mr. Cox has only been liked to two of the burglaries at this time, Detective Mike Hughey with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes division said, "We are still investigating the other burglary and if we can link Mr. Cox to that one, he will face additional charges."

Lieutenant Harry Grizzle stated, "The arrest of Cox is the direct result of good old fashioned police work and tremendous follow-up by detectives."

During the initial burglary, responding deputies observed a vehicle in the area of the mine.As the vehicle left the area, deputies copied down the vehicle license plate number hoping, if they did not catch someone at the mine, that it would lead investigators to the suspect.

Following the incident, the deputy turned the license plate number over to investigators who were able to make contact with the vehicle owner in the Apache Junction area who reported that her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend had possession of the vehicle in Tucson.

Detectives were able to locate the vehicle owner's daughter with the assistance of Pima County Adult Probation.The woman told investigators that she had not seen her boyfriend, James Lee Roy Cox, in over a week.She also told investigators that Cox's parents lived in Superior.Investigators were able to locate the residence in Superior and when they went to the residence and knocked on the door, Cox answered.

Cox was interviewed and subsequently arrested for his involvement in the mine burglaries.

Mr. Cox was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility in Florence and charged with Burglary, Theft, and Possession of Burglary Tools. He has been released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond.

Detectives are also seeking information regarding a man only identified as "Paul" allegedly from the Tucson area.If anyone has any information regarding this subject, they are urged to contact Det. Mike Hughey with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office at 800-420-8689 or by calling Silent Witness.