CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Five Florida men have been arrested on federal charges relating to copper theft from the Southwire Company in Carrollton.
Forty-five-year-old Jacinto "Pachi" Diaz of Miami was arrested in May while attempting to cross the border from Hidalgo, Texas into Mexico.
He was the last of the men -- Henry Diaz, 26, and Anthony Foubelo, 31, both of Miami; Mario Baras Gonzalez, 47, of Miami Beach; and Jesus Ramirez, 26, of Homestead, Fla. -- to be captured and arraigned for allegedly stealing $465,000 worth of copper wire from Carrollton and delivering it to other states, including Florida and Indiana.
"Copper is disappearing at an alarming rate as its value has increased. People in our communities have heard of many smaller thefts, but these charges allege that this scheme involved about a half million dollars worth of copper," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.