Copper Thief Apprehended

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says an 18-year-old Preston man has been charged with stealing copper ground wire from electric poles. Gavin Scott Graybeal is charged with malicious destruction of property over $500, tampering with an electric pole and theft under $100. He is being held on $5,000 bond. The sheriff’s office says Graybeal was wanted in the theft of copper wire in December near Sharptown in Dorchester County. He is suspected of removing the copper ground wire from 10 electric poles owned by Delmarva Power & Light.