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Caught in the act: Three men face felony charges for copper wire theft in Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested three men early Sunday morning who were found trying to remove copper wiring from a building.

According to police, on May 5 at 1 a.m., Waynesboro officers were conducting routine patrols when they discovered a door to a building unsecured in the 2000 block of South Delphine Avenue.

When officers entered the structure, they located three males actively trying to remove copper wiring from inside.

During the preliminary investigation, officers identified Anthony Harrison Bryant, 47, of Buena Vista; Bradley Allen Applebee, 39, of Waynesboro; and Richard Wayne Blankenship, 32, of Natural Bridge.

All three men were arrested without incident.

All three men are charged with the alleged following offenses:

  • (F) 18.2-94- Possession of burglarious tools
  • (F) 18.2-91-Break and enter building at night with the intent to commit larceny

Addition charges are pending. Specifically, police said Bryant may receive additional charges based on additional evidence collected.

All three men are held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.