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Bloomfield city employee charged with copper theft

Aug 01, 2013 -- 9:48am

Daily Statesman

A Bloomfield city employee was arrested Monday and charged with stealing city property. 30-year old
Christopher W. Ferguson of Bloomfield has been charged with felony theft. The arrest was confirmed by Bloomfield police chief Tim Zych on Monday afternoon. According to Zych, Water/Street Superintendent Justin Bell approached the police department Friday with concerns. He stated 120 feet of copper tubing was missing from a city building. An inventory of the Bloomfield Water Plant was done at the beginning of July. The inventory showed two boxes of copper tubing, each containing about 60 feet in length. Both were missing. Zych said the city expected an employee to be involved because nothing else was taken.
An inquiry to Bootheel Recycling in Dexter was made to see if copper tubing had been recycled there.
On July 3, Ferguson had sold them 40 pounds of copper tubing and provided them with his driver's license to make the transaction. On July 22, Ferguson sold Bootheel Recycling another 53 pounds of the same type of tubing, and on July 24, he sold them an additional 79 pounds of the tubing. He allegedly confessed and was taken to the Stoddard County Jail with a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment before Judge Joe Satterfield. A determination hearing will then be conducted by the board of aldermen to decide whether his employment will be terminated.

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