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2 Charged In String Of Fla. Copper Thefts

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a string of copper wiring thefts that targeted churches and businesses.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that the two Cooper City residents have apparently been stealing copper wires from light poles in parking lots since September. At least seven locations have been hit, including five churches.

Authorities identified the thieves as 28-year-old Shawn Loschiavo and 30-year-old Tanya Yurke. Both are facing multiple counts of grand theft. It wasn’t immediately clear whether either suspect had an attorney.

Deputies say the two were arrested Wednesday night trying to steal copper from Christ the Rock Church in Cooper City. Hundreds of feet of copper wire was found in the trunk of their car.

Authorities say the two had been selling wire at scrapyards.

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