4.3 miles of copper wire stolen; empty Gatorade bottles lead to suspects
SEATTLE -- Two men were charged Monday with what prosecutors believe to be the largest known metal theft in Washington state -- 4.3 miles of copper wiring from the Sound Transit Light Rail system. Donald Howard Turpin, 54, and Lee Russell Skelly, 44, are accused of stealing the wire from November 2010 through August 2011. Both men are charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property with a special sentence aggravating factor.