Tip leads deputies to suspected copper thieves

Colt Pittman (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Colt Pittman (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
James Hood II
James Hood II

HOLDEN, LA (WAFB) - Investigators arrested two suspected copper thieves believed to have taken power cords from at least 40 FEMA trailers and they credit a concerned citizen with helping make the arrests.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Colt Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James Hood II, 23, of Holden were taken into custody on June 4.

Deputies said the trailers were being on private property near Holden.

They added the pair possibly stole cords from up to 80 trailers.

LPSO said it received a tip of someone burning wire, which led detectives to the men.

Pittman reportedly also confessed to breaking into a trailer someone was living in and taking cash from a wallet he found inside.

Deputies said he also admitted to stealing a welding rig from another trailer and selling it at a pawn shop.

Both men were booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

Pittman is charged with two counts of felony theft and one count of simple burglary. He is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Hood is charged with one count of felony theft. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

He was arrested on meth charges back in February 2009. Deputies stopped the truck he was driving after it was spotted traveling in the middle of the road.

Investigators said they found several bags of meth and a loaded gun. His bond was set a $1 million in that case.

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