Three suspects arrested for copper thefts

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Bossier City police arrested three people overnight in connection with a string of incidents involving the theft of copper welding leads from vehicles parked at local hotels.

Officers arrested Christopher Glenn Harper, 32; Tonya Marie Kinsey, 31; and Michael Paul Wertman, 33, all from Haughton, on multiple charges. 

Layout 1They were taken into custody just before 1 a.m. after a Bossier City police officer working off duty security at the Microtel Inn and Suites in the 2700 block of Village Lane saw the trio acting suspiciously around a welding truck in the parking lot. 

The officer stopped the suspects in their SUV as they left the parking lot and recovered two spools of welding leads along with two wheel rims and tires. An investigation found one of spools came from the truck at the Microtel and the other was taken during another theft that occurred earlier in the evening at a different location. Police also learned the rims and tires were stolen earlier that night out of vehicle in the parking lot of the Comfort Suites hotel in the 7900 block of East Texas Street. Along with the stolen property, police also recovered a small amount of marijuana from inside the suspects’ SUV.      

A subsequent investigation by detectives with the Property Crimes Unit linked the three suspects to at least six recent cases in Bossier City involving the theft of copper welding leads from welding trucks.  

Kinsey’s 9-month old daughter was in the SUV with the suspects and was place in the custody of a relative.  The suspects were booked into the Bossier City Jail on charges of theft, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. Harper was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from Caddo Parish.