Three men arrested in copper thefts

May 25, 2011

Hendricks County authorities have charged three Danville men with stealing copper and ground wire from several Duke Energy substations. James Flatt, Robert Flatt and Justin Flatt were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. According to authorities, the suspects entered the substations by using bolt cutters on security fences. Surveillance photos captured the three taking copper and ground wire. Duke Energy listed the value of the copper and ground wire at $15,000. The suspects admitted to burglarizing substations in Hendricks and Putnam Counties, police say.