Newlyweds Stole Telephone Pole Copper To Pay Wedding Expenses
NORTH SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP, PA - After nearly two months, Pennsylvania authorities have completed an investigation following a crime spree of stolen copper from telephone poles citywide, and uncovered information that a newlywed couple was responsible for the thefts.
Police said they have arrested newlyweds April Carter, 24, and Joseph Russel, 23, both from North Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania.
According to police, the newlyweds stole copper from at least 18 telephone poles on August 9th, 2011, just four days before their wedding.
In a confession to police, Joseph Russel and April Carter admitted to stealing the copper from 18 telephone poles to pay for their August 13th wedding expenses. The newlyweds told police they stole the copper because the groom, Joseph Russel, lost his job at an auto parts store, and they had no other way to pay for their wedding.
Police say that April Carter used her own name to sell the copper wire at Allegheny Raw Materials in Franklin Township. Company officials gave police video of Cater and Russell, which also showed their vehicle in a video dated Aug. 10th.
After presenting the couple with the evidence against them, Carter and Russel retraced the route that unfolded the newlyweds crime spree that resulted in more than $7,000 in property damage.Carter and Russel were arrested on September 19th and will return to court again in late October.