Three Hart County men and one Bishop man were arrested May 27 after a report of theft led Hart County Sheriff's deputies to a methamphetamine bust.
The Hart County Sheriff's Department received a report May 26 that copper wire was being stolen from an abandoned building at 355 Industrial Park Road.
The sheriff's department set up surveillance and arrested Harlan Page Brown III, 38, of Hartwell after a traffic stop on Laurel Drive at Clearview subdivision at 2 a.m.
Deputies went to the building and found Michael Donavan Schmidt, 41, of Bishop disassembling an air conditioner.
He was caught in the act, said Hart County Sheriff's investigator Marshall Norton.
The way the building was set up, there was nowhere for him to run.
Norton said the stolen copper was worth more than $100,000.
Brown and Schmidt were charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of possession of tools of crime and three counts of criminal damage to property.
Sheriff's deputies and investigators went to Brown's residence at 7782 Mt. Olivet Road.
Brown was renting a room from Lewis Hall, 55, who was under a fourth clause amendment.
That amendment gives us the right to search him any time, said Hart County Sheriff's drug investigator Chris Robertson.
Deputies found four ounces of methamphetamine in a pair of shoes.
Hall and Ronnie Stancil, 58, both of Hartwell, were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
Jun 02, 2010