Texarkana Police make copper theft arrest

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 05/20 2014 10:12AM

Updated 05/20 2014 10:21AM

Texarkana, Texas Police Department

Texarkana Texas Police Officers solved two thefts from the Highland Park area and arrested a suspect.

Dusty Emfinger (40), of Texarkana, Texas was arrested Monday for two counts of theft of copper.

Patrol officers took reports in the 800 block of Pine Street and 100 block of College Drive where someone removed the copper gutters from the buildings.  

These thefts happened within days of each other towards the end of April.

Officer Warren Smith arrested Dusty Emfinger for traffic warrants on May 6 in the Highland Park area.  

As he spoke to Emfinger, Smith began to suspect he may have been responsible for those copper thefts as well.

Detective Geoff Lewis became involved, and his investigation later found that Emfinger had recently sold copper gutters at a local recycling business several times and was also able to match the copper found at the recycling business with that still at the two buildings. 

Emfinger was booked into the Texarkana City Jail on two felony warrants for theft of copper.  

If convicted, Emfinger could face up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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