Thieves strip homes of copper wire

July 8, 2011 5:40:42 PM PDT
James McNeill was nearly 101 years old when he died in February. Family members say he would be extremely upset by what's happened to the home he built with his bare hands on Dudley Road.

Someone recently broke into the place and gutted it for all its copper wire.

"Just tore all the copper wires out of it, tore the meter box up, just tore it up in there," said family member Alphonzo McNeill.

The damage would cost thousands to fix, and the McNeill family says the home was not insured.

Investigators from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office are looking into the vandalism, but so far they've come up empty handed.

And it's not the only property that's been vandalized in recent weeks. Seven homes in the Cedar Creek community have been hit. Some of the others are also rental property belonging to the McNeil family.

Detectives say the crooks use gloves, and they haven't found any fingerprints. Anyone who can help solve the crimes is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500 or you can make an anonymous call to the TIPSLINE at 484-TIPS (8477).

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