A Sedalia man was arrested after stolen copper wire was found at a residence during a search warrant Monday.
According to a Sedalia Police Department STING Unit release, detectives with the Drug Enforcement Unit and patrol officers executed a drug-related search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of East Fifth Street. Information leading to the search warrant also indicated the suspect was allegedly involved in the theft of copper wire.
Entry was forced through the front door of the residence, which was found unoccupied.
A search of the residence revealed “countless” used syringes and drug paraphernalia items, 341 feet of Okonite wire, 196 feet of empty (stripped) Okonite wire insulation, and multiple cutting and wire stripping tools.
According to the release, Okonite brand wire is a wire unique to the railroad industry used for powering signal huts. The wire was identified by two victims associated with the case, RCL Wiring and Advantage Metal Recycling. The value of the wire recovered was $2,513.16.
At the conclusion of the investigation, one suspect was located, arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail.
Jared Monsees, 26, of the 100 block of East 14th Street, has been charged with receiving stolen property, stealing, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He is in the Pettis County Jail on a $25,000 bond, cash or surety. An arraignment took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday.