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2 men arrested in probe of copper, truck thefts

December 31, 2011

LISBON -Two men allegedly involved in the disappearance of copper and vehicles from Solomen Scrap and Mine last month were taken into custody following an investigation by police on Friday.

On Friday, Sgt. Jeff Haugh and Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine were investigating a large quantity copper and two pickups reported stolen from Solomen Scrap and Mine along state Route 14, Salem recently.

One truck was taken the night of Dec. 11 along with a large amount of copper. Another truck was taken on Thursday, along with tools and copper. Deputies received a call the black pickup was stuck in the mud along a gas well right of way off King Road, west of Butler Grange Road. The red truck was found in the woodline of the cemetery off Salem Grange Road.

Deputies were also alerted two men cashed in a large amount of nice copper at HMF Scrap and then later at Downtown Metal in Salem. The men had just left Downtown Metal in Salem, when deputies passed them westbound on Butcher Road. While deputies attempted to catch up with them, one of the men, the passenger, Chris Hyler, jumped out and ran through the woods, southbound through Jersey Ridge Road.

Deputies continued to follow the truck and stopped it. The driver, Cody Clark, was taken into custody after reportedly lying to deputies. The other man, Hyler, was found in the middle of a bean field, was surrounded and surrendered. He was taken into custody on a warrant and also charged with receiving stolen property for possession of more than $1,000 worth of stolen copper from Solomen's.

The men face numerous charges, which will be presented to the Columbiana County grand jury.



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