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Additional Charges in Copper Theft Case

January 30th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Additional charges have been filed against 45 year old Matthew Jay Iman, Cumberland, in connection with the theft of copper from private residences. Iman was arrested on 01/30/2012 by members of the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit and charged with Burglary, Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property, and related charges.

On 12/14/2012 the Cumberland Police were notified by a neighbor that had heard running water in an unoccupied residence on Columbia Avenue in Cumberland. When Officers investigated, they discovered that suspects had cut and removed a large amount of copper pipe from the residence, some of which was water pipe, and left the water running, causing extensive water damage.

On 12/20/2012 the Cumberland Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at an unoccupied residence on Independence Street. When Officers arrived, they located Iman and 24 year old Angela May Dennison inside the residence in the process of cutting and removing copper pipe from the residence. Both were arrested at that time and charged with Burglary and related charges.

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) were requested to assist in the investigation. As part of the investigation, Investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle being utilized by Iman and Dennison. Investigators recovered a large amount of copper from the trunk of the vehicle. Some of the copper was positively identified as coming from the Columbia Avenue residence.

Iman was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. He is currently being held on $50,000.00 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.

Additional charges and arrest are pending.

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