The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department arrested Gary Douglas Giles, 47, of No. 10 Evergreen Drive and Timothy Albert Ferguson, 43, of 285 Evergreen Drive.
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Joe Sweatt said the two men had been cutting telephone lines to get the copper out and sell it.
“They were selling the copper in 100-foot sections to area scrap yards,” Sweatt said. “This caused communication problems with Windstream for awhile. We obtained a search warrant for the Giles residence.
“Once we got there, we found a meth lab.”
Giles was arrested on four counts of theft, a Class B felony. There were three counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Bond was set at $5,000 per count, $20,000. He was also charged with one count of the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.
Ferguson was charged with five counts of theft, two counts of first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree theft. Bond was set at $25,000.
A court date has yet to be determined.
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