Nugent Sand copper stolen, reward offered

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By Dave Taylor

Nugent Sand Company is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for the theft of wiring from company conveyors.

The company, located at 5503 Hwy. 36 W, Carrollton, was hit by thieves over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Plant Supervisor Rick Leach told The News-Democrat that the expense to the company involved in the most recent theft would be significant.

“By the time we replace the wiring, repair the conveyors, the down time involved and the time it takes to get back up and running my best guess is it’s going to set us back about $10,000,” Leach said.

Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith said the thieves removed about 650 feet of copper wiring from an east-to-west conveyor that runs between Hunter Heights Road and Hampton Road, and a nearly identical amount from another north-to-south conveyor at the facility.

“There was more than 1,300 feet of wire taken altogether,” Smith said. “They just cut it off and took it with them. They stripped it from a secluded area.”

Additionally, Smith was contacted Nov. 29 by Robert Parker who owns property near the Nugent and former Kawneer facilities. Parker reported that a tire grinder that had been parked parallel to Hampton Road awaiting repairs had been vandalized over the weekend.

The equipment had been parked at that location on Thursday afternoon, Smith said. Repairmen from Gallatin, Tenn., were due to work on it this week.
“All of the wiring (40-50 feet), electrical boxes and conduit (about 30 feet) had been stripped from the tire grinder,” Smith said.

Smith said yesterday he has checked with salvage yards in the region to see if anyone had tried to sell the copper. He has samples of the Nugent material for comparison. So far, no leads have turned up at the salvage facilities.

“When you call those places the chances are they’s not going to give you much information that will help in your investigation,” he said. “They sometimes have an idea when they buy these materials that the person selling it probably doesn’t have a legitimate right to be selling it.”
There were no witnesses, tracks  nor clues left at the scene, Smith said, which makes an arrest difficult.

“Unless you find the stolen product and can then track it back to where it came from you’re kind of lost,” he said. “Or you can hope that someone rats somebody else out.”

Nugent Sand was targeted by vandals on March 17 when power to a 7,200-volt transformer had been cut off and sections of the large electrical cables that power the conveyor were missing. Cable also was taken from an unused asphalt-mixing facility, owned by Ohio Valley Asphalt, located on the Nugent property next to the conveyor. That incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at (502) 732-7010.