A second man has been apprehended and charged for his role in last month’s Intercounty Electric Cooperative heist.
Kenneth D. Frazee, 30, was found Monday afternoon hiding in an attic crawl space at a residence east of Rolla, his hometown. A second person at the home, Angela M. Whitley, 39, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and could be charged as well.
Authorities believe Frazee and Mark W. Wood, 43, stole a substantial amount of copper wire Oct. 9 from an Intercounty warehouse in Licking to support their methamphetamine addictions. They also swiped a two-ton truck and 4×8 bumper hitch flatbed trailer with a 2006 Honda ATV during their two-hour heist.
Wood was arrested four days after the burglary while speeding along Interstate 44 with a truck – the same one seen in surveillance video of the theft – of copper wire. Authorities were on the lookout for Wood after interviewing Frazee, who was released after meeting with lawmen.
Both men face Class C felony charges of second-degree burglary, theft and stealing and two charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Frazee, who was apprehended by Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson, Sgt. Kirby Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, was expected to be transferred Tuesday from Phelps to Texas County.
Whitley, who Watson said is Frazee’s girlfriend, was not involved in the burglary but did sell copper wire in her name. She is incarcerated in Potosi.
Watson said officials have recovered about one-third of the copper wire, which already had the insulation burned off it. Authorities are still looking for the ATV and trailer.
“There’s some copper out there, but most of that has been sold and I doubt that we get anymore of that recovered,” Watson said. “But I feel like we’ll recover the ATV and trailer in time.”