Sherry Ball arrested for allegedly stealing copper from Entergy substation. (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing copper wire from an Entergy substation.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office responded Sunday to the Entergy Power substation in the 18700 block of Arch Street about an alarm.
When the deputy arrived, the Entergy crew had to leave to handle an emergency. At that time the deputy noticed a small pickup parked on the shoulder not far from the substation. Due to what happened at the substation, the deputy approached the pickup.
The deputy noticed an amount of high-grade copper wire in the truck bed along with a set of very large bolt cutters. The driver, identified as Sherry Ball 51, said that her truck had died, but just got it started again.
Inside the cab, the deputy says he noticed two more sets of bolt cutters and a small tool box. When asked about the tools, Ball says her boyfriend is a handyman and the tools are his, but Ball couldn't explain the copper wire in the truck bed. Ball was then detained in the deputy's patrol vehicle.
An Entergy representative recognized the copper wire, valued at $400, and positively identified it as belonging to Entergy. When another deputy and the Entergy representative when to check on property damage, Ball was arrested.
It was discovered that two holes had been cut into the perimeter fence and a grounding wire had been partially severed. The damage was valued at $500 and the damage to the grounding wire was $2,000.
Ball was charged with theft of scrap metal, first degree criminal mischief, damaging electrical power wires/fixtures, and three counts of possessing an instrument of a crime. She is being held on $16,500 bond.