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NPSO: Two arrested after copper stolen, sold

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James Strickland, Jr., 66 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) James Strickland, Jr., 66 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Joel Taylor , 36 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office) Joel Taylor , 36 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Two Natchitoches metal recycling business owners are behind bars for allegedly receiving thousands of dollars in stolen copper and selling it for twice its worth.

Natchitoches and DeSoto Parish deputies arrested 66-year-old James Strickland, Jr. and 36-year-old Joel Taylor after more than $200,000 worth of stolen copper from Dolet Mines in DeSoto Parish were sold in Natchitoches. Detectives say after the stolen copper was sold in Natchitoches, it was then allegedly transported to and sold to a Shreveport metal recycling business for $1.85/lb. almost doubling the initial purchases.

On Monday, February 3rd, NPSO detectives conducted a compliance check of a metal recycling business in the 1400 block of Texas Street in Natchitoches.

During the inspection, detectives discovered several violations of the Louisiana Scrap Metal Recyclers Law.

Deputies say most of the stolen copper had been transported to and sold to, a metal recycling business in the 1200 block of Texas Street in Natchitoches. The transactions in Natchitoches amounted to over 7000 lbs. of copper paid for in cash by the business. Deputies say paying for copper in cash is a violation of the Louisiana Scrap Metal Recyclers Law.

DeSoto Parish detectives arrested several people in connection with the cooper thefts. Caddo Parish deputies are also involved in the continuing investigation.

Strickland and Taylor were both taken to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with violating the Louisiana Scrap Metal Recyclers Law.

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