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Man charged with stealing scrap metal from Augusta business

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A 51-year-old man is in jail after Richmond County deputies say he broke into an Augusta business four times this month and stole copper wire and other metals.

Spencer Darnell Cotten is charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators say video surveillance shows Cotten breaking into CMC Recycling at 1890 Old Savannah Road on Sept. 14 and taking large amounts of copper wire and other metals from a warehouse on the property.

Cotten was arrested later that day when he was selling the stolen copper wire to Newell's Recycling Center across the street from CMC Recycling, according to the sheriff's office.

As the investigation continued, deputies found that video surveillance from Sept. 11 and 12 also showed Spencer taking large amounts of copper wire and other metals, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators say Cotten also broke in a second time on Sept. 14.

After each break-in, Cotten sold the stolen metal to Newell's on the same day, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators say Newell's Recycling Center returned most of the stolen metal to CMC Recycling.

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