Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Charged over Copper Wire Theft; Released Prisoner Extradited to Face Court for Stealing from Country Energy Depots

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Charged over Copper Wire Theft; Released Prisoner Extradited to Face Court for Stealing from Country Energy Depots

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au

FRESHLY released from Queensland's Wacol Prison, Aaron Hall was back in custody before the Lismore Local Court to face charges relating to the theft of copper wire from Country Energy depots.

Hall, 25, of Lismore, was extradited back to NSW this week after completing an 18-month jail sentence.

The larceny charges he faces went back more than three years. Police documents before the court accuse Hall of separate thefts of the copper wire worth thousands of dollars from Country Energy depots at Lismore and Casino in late 2006 and 2007.

One charge involves the theft of 60 metres of extreme high voltage copper wire valued at $2000. Hall is also alleged to have tried to sell 160kg of stolen copper wire to a scrap metal dealer.

Another charge relates to the theft of 30kg of copper wire from a Country Energy depot in South Lismore.

Documents show Hall was arrested just after midnight on December 30, 2006, at a Country Energy site where police accused him of pushing four large rolls of copper wire (weighing 50kgs each) to the front gate in an attempt to steal it. …

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