Greensboro man linked to 39 copper thefts

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Dwan Ahkeem Thompson

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Authorities say they’ve arrested a Greensboro man they believe is responsible for a total of 39 copper thefts that occurred within the city over a period of two years.

Dwan Ahkeem Thompson, 22, was arrested on March 16 after a foot chase with Guilford County deputies who responded to a burglary call. Thompson was charged that day with the break-in, but on Monday received more than 100 other charges stemming from other cases, according to police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen.

Thompson has been charged with 96 felonies and 52 misdemeanors in connection with the 39 thefts, which all occurred within the city. The victims included several businesses, medical facilities, one home, and 11 churches.

Danielsen said the suspect primarily stole and sold copper from external air conditioning units.

Thompson was jailed in Guilford County under a $150,000 secured bond.  He was also served with an order for electronic monitoring as a provision for pre-trial release, Danielsen said.

Danielsen said police have been investigating some of the copper thefts since April 2010.