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Matt Stouffer, 26, of Columbiana Matt Stouffer, 26, of Columbiana

COLUMBIANA, Ohio - Police have charged a 26-year-old man with stealing 16 light pole anchors from the city and are investigating him for other thefts as well.

Police caught Matthew Stouffer, of 33 N. Cross St., with the $7,680 worth of anchors in the bed of his truck.

Stouffer admitted to taking the anchors and turned them into police. He is currently charged with felony theft and trespassing.

Detectives are also investigating Stouffer for wire thefts in the city.

Investigators set up surveillance of the city garage over the past weeks after several reports from the electric department of missing electrical distribution wire.

Several hundred pounds of the missing aluminum wire was recovered from a Youngstown scrap yard and returned to the city.

According to police, over 2,600 pounds of copper and aluminum wire valued at $20,000 were stolen.

They say the thief would climb over a fence to get into the city property on weekends when no one was working then throw coils of the wire over the fence and sell it for scrap.

The investigation is ongoing and police expect to present additional charges against Stouffer as other cases are developed.

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