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Arrest made in early morning copper theft

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Police used a canine early this morning to find a homeless man accused of trying to steal copper from a large irrigation system in a farm field in the 2600 block of South Gladstone Avenue, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department.

Sheriff deputies and the Columbus Police Department canine unit searched the farm field and surrounding area after the owner of the irrigation system reported it had been tampered with early this morning, according to Maj. Todd Noblitt, sheriff department spokesman.

Gerald D. Reed, 46, who told investigators he is homeless but has a last known address in Indianapolis, was taken into custody, accused of Class D felony theft, and is in the Bartholomew County Jail with bond listed at $10,000, according to Noblitt.

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