Springdale Man Arrested In $16,000 Cargill Copper Theft

A Springdale man is behind bars after police say he stole $16,000 in copper equipment from the local Cargill feed mill several times over the last three months.

Bobby Evans, 44, was arrested Monday on suspicion of commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center, where he remains without bond.

Evans pleaded guilty last month in a separate theft case, reaching a plea deal for two years of community corrections, with a four-year suspended sentence, according to court records.

The Cargill feed mill on North Jefferson Street in Springdale has been burglarized six times since October, in which about $16,000 in copper wiring was cut from the walls and machinery. The location has since been transformed into a storage facility. After Cargill installed two security cameras worth $800, the facility was again burglarized around Jan. 3, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

After the most recent burglary, Cargill showed surveillance footage from the newly-installed cameras to police, who identified Evans as the suspected burglar in the video, according to the preliminary report.

In last week’s burglary, police said the suspect stole copper wiring and the security cameras. Images from the cameras were automatically transferred to a wireless hard drive, so the theft of the cameras did not stop Cargill and police from obtaining the footage, the preliminary report states.

Evans was later located and arrested by Springdale police.

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