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An alleged copper thief is behind bars in Blount County.

Sheriff James Lee Berrong says Jason William Cummings, 33, of Rockford, is charged with two counts of burglary, nine counts of theft of property, and two counts of vandalism.

Investigators have been looking into the copper thefts for several months. Sheriff Berrong says the copper was stolen from new construction, abandoned homes, homes for sale, as well as air-conditioning units in all areas of the county as well as the cities of Maryville and Alcoa and Knox County.

Detectives traced much of the stolen copper to a Knoxville recycling company.

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