Two Suspects Sought In Downtown Smithfield Copper Thefts

Jeremy Ray Crawford
Jeremy Ray Crawford
Fred Thomas Russell
Fred Thomas Russell

One day at WTSB News reported the theft of copper gutters from two Downtown Smithfield churches and a senior living center, Smithfield Police announced Wednesday they have obtained warrants for two suspects in the case.

First Baptist Church, located at 202 South Fourth Street, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, located at 218 South Second Street and Austin Manor Apartments at 129 South Third Street all reported sections of copper gutters stolen from the exterior of their facilities in the past few days.

The gutters were worth several thousand dollars. Police said they were likely sold as scrap metal.

On Wednesday, police said warrants have been obtained for Fred Thomas Russell, 52, of Fremont and Jeremy Ray Crawford, 35, of Pikeville charging them with the three copper thefts.

Russell and Crawford are no strangers to Smithfield Police.  They were recently charged with stealing $3,000 worth of copper gutters from Mutual Builders, Inc. in the 100 block of North Fourth Street. They were arrested on the charges by Goldsboro Police but have since posted bail.