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Sheriff’s investigators arrest church copper thief

October 21, 2011 by Randy Keck

Burglary of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church solved

Special to The Community News

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are charging Billy Clay Wade, 47, of Weatherford, in connection with a church copper theft.

Holy Redeemer Church employees reported five of eight air conditioning units had been dismantled on the rooftop of the church in late May 2011. The suspect stole the copper wiring and components within the units causing nearly $60,000 in damages.

Clay was transferred to the Parker County Jail from Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, Oct. 20 and charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation, evading arrest detention with vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a previous Parker County theft case and including other charges out of Tarrant County dating August 2011.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said the additional Parker County charges are not related to the church theft case.

During an interview with sheriff’s investigators, Wade identified a bracelet left behind on the church roof as his, saying he dropped it at the time of the theft.

Sheriff’s investigators said they suspected Wade was involved in the theft for several months but had been unable to link him to the case until this week.

Wade’s total bond is $112,500, with a no-bond for a parole violation.

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