Wednesday, July 13, 2011
AUGUSTA -- The Richmond County Board of Education police says two men are in jail for stealing copper from two local high schools.
Officers arrested Kenneth Nicky Blue-McIntosh and Richard Lee Kellam and charged them with two counts of felony interference with government property and two counts of felony theft for taking over $500.
Investigators said they are responsible for taking copper from air conditioning units at Cross Creek High School and CT Walker Magnet School. Richmond County school officers said after those burglaries, they decided to get ahead of the thieves.
"What we decided to do was install additional covert camera footage to try to catch the subjects if they returned," said Lt. Richard Roundtree, School Safety and Security Department.
The suspects returned twice, but left behind video proof of their faces and clothing.
"We were able to get enough clothing description and partial facial recognition of the suspects to identify potential suspects. Based on that information, this morning we served two search warrants at residences," Lt. Roundtree said.
The suspects, Blue-McIntosh and Kellam, both lived in the neighborhood right next the Cross Creek. Lt. Roundtree believed they met up and walked right over to the school.
"The monumental amount was over $50,000. However, they scraped it, on at least two occasions, and got just a little over $200," added Lt. Roundtree.
"Hopefully we won't get another case, but again, if we do, we're going to be diligently pursuing those cases also. So we're being proactive. We hope it sends a message, but for now these cases are considered closed," he said.
More charges could be pending in this case.
Officers said they are working to make sure all the schools have air conditioning and security cameras for the new school year.