Traffic stop yields 200 pounds of copper wire

Posted by : admin | On : June 20, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

A DPS trooper pulled over a teen near Browsnboro Tuesday and found 200 pounds of valuable cargo in his vehicle that was allegedly stolen.
According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, Patrol Sergeant Charles Severn was notified that the DPS trooper needed assistance on FM 314 after a juvenile female fled a traffic stop.

When Severn arrived on scene he was notifed that there was more than 200 pounds of spooled copper wire in the vehicle. Severn began questioning the driver, Frank Bauer Jr, 18, a white male. Bauer told Severn that he picked up the wire on the side of the road on FM 607.
After making some calls Severn determined that the copper wire was stolen from a Gulf Shores Communication vehicle. The wire missing from the vehicle was described as “100 feet and 400 pair copper cable with black plastic sheathing and weighing about 200-300 pounds.” The wire matched the description and Severn arrest Bauer on a State Jail Felony for Theft of Copper, less than $20,000 dollars.
Bauer was transported to the Henderson County Jail where he remains on a $10,000 bond.

The juvenile female that fled was identified by police and is without charge. The copper wire has since been returned to Gulf Shores Communications.