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Tyler Police arrest copper thieves

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Deketus Goodwyn. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Deketus Goodwyn. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.
Gary Williams. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Gary Williams. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.
Billy Andrews. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Billy Andrews. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Police have arrested several suspects for stealing copper tubing and scrap metal from local businesses and home owners over the past month.

Officers responded to an apartment building located at 1806 W. Oakwood, around 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2011 on a possible burglary in progress. Officers spotted the suspect who jumped from a second floor window to escape the area. Deketus Lamarlo Goodwyn, B/M, 07/12/1982, of Tyler, fought with officers before being arrested. Goodwyn had entered the apartment building with the intent to steal copper tubing from the walls and fixtures. Several cases of copper theft have been reported to police over the past month at this location.

In another investigation, Tyler Radiator, located at 108 S. Palace, has reported up to 100 radiators stolen from their property that were sold as scrap metal. The investigation into the multiple thefts led to the arrest of Billy Charles Andrews, B/M, 3/15/50, at his residence in Tyler today.

Also, Gary Todd Williams, W/M, 5/17/72, was arrested on January 6th for two thefts – one of copper from an air conditioning unit valued at $10,000 from the Salvation Army and another involving theft of copper from an air conditioning unit at Centro Cristiano De Mi Lagros Church located at 700 N. Bois D Arc.

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