Winder police: Copper thefts work of 1 man

WINDER - Winder police officials say they have solved six recent copper and aluminum thefts with the Jan. 23 arrest of David James Griffin, 18, of Winder.

Griffin was charged with nine counts of theft by taking. The thefts occurred in December 2006 and January 2007, said Lt. Todd Druse.

Griffin remains in the Barrow County jail under $45,000 bond.

An official with Orr's Recycling Center in Winder told police he purchased copper and coils from the same man on several occasions over the past month. Investigators discovered that Griffin had signed sales slips using his real name, Druse said.

The most recent theft attributed to Griffin occurred Jan. 22 when the owner of Kristie's Gifts and More discovered the aluminum coil removed from the business's heating and air conditioning unit. According to police reports, neighbors watched what they believed was a repairman working on the unit. When the supposed repairman bicycled away with two aluminum coils, neighbors called police. Investigators also found the coil missing from the unit at another suite, which was unoccupied.