October 24, 2012

Copper Theft Arrests

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman

Batavia Twp.   Two Batavia Township men have been arrested by Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputies for copper thefts and breaking and entering at IRG Batavia LLC located at 4300 Batavia Rd. in Batavia Township.

Throughout September into the first two weeks of October, the IRG Batavia LLC. power plant experienced a significant increase of copper wire thefts from inside of the building.

Michael W. Freeman, age 40, and his nephew Anthony Shaffer, age 24, were arrested in the early morning hours of 10-23-12, during a covert operation conducted by Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputies on the property of IRG Batavia LLC.  Both Freeman and Shaffer were charged with Breaking and entering, felonies of the fifth degree.  In addition, Freeman was charged with possession of criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree.  Reports of property loss resulting from the thefts at IRG Batavia LLC have exceeded $100,000.

Anthony Shaffer

Anthony Shaffer

Investigators will review reports from surrounding townships to see if there may be additional cases in which Freeman and Shaffer are involved. Both subjects are incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail.

-Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg-

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