August 28, 2014

Man charged with stealing copper, fighting coppers

A Litchfield man has been charged with six felonies after allegedly resisting arrest in connection with a copper theft investigation.

Lee A. Franks, 32, was linked to an investigation into wire stolen in June, July and August from cellphone towers in rural Madison and Macoupin counties, according to Madison County Sheriff's Department reports.

The case was jointly investigated by both counties and produced evidence against Franks, said Madison County Capt. T. Mike Dixon.

On Tuesday, two Madison County deputies tracked Franks to an East Alton motel, where they attempted to arrest him on a warrant. Franks allegedly fought with the arresting officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs.

Franks was charged with three counts of felony theft more than $500 for allegedly stealing copper wire from locations in rural Hamel, New Douglas and Worden. He also was charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery of a police officer and one felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly recruiting a minor to assist with the thefts.

The suspect was held in the Madison County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Authorities were seeking charges against the accomplice in juvenile court.

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