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Man arrested in wire theft

Joseph Clayton Butler

Joseph Clayton Butler

A Cedar Springs man was arrested Wednesday for stealing tools and copper wire from two AT&T trucks.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Chad Potts took a call on Monday, February 18, at 2 p.m. regarding two AT&T trucks that had been broken into at the AT&T building at 82 W. Elm Street. Earlier in the day, Officer Potts had warned a man outside a mobile home on Allan Street about burning within City limits. This man was burning the plastic coating off of spools of wire. At the time, there was no correlation between the man burning wire and the theft, but he quickly became the police department’s suspect once the theft report was called in.

Parent said that shoe prints in the snow matched the suspect’s shoes and an arrest warrant was approved by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Joseph Clayton Butler, 32, of Cedar Springs was arrested and lodged in jail on February 27. At the time of his arrest, officers conducted a search of his residence through a search warrant that was approved by the prosecutor.

Butler was charged with two counts of Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle – theft over $200 less than $1,000.00 (a misdemeanor). His bond is $1,000.00 and a pre-trial court date was set for March 19 at 3 p.m.


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