Theft of Copper From Vacant Beatrice Building, Lands Man in Jail, on Probation

Theft of Copper From Vacant Beatrice Building, Lands Man in Jail, on Probation
Former Hoover Group Plant, in south Beatrice

BEATRICE – A man will serve a Gage County Jail term and probation for trying to steal copper wiring from inside the largely vacant Hoover Group plant building, in south Beatrice.

Charles Fisher was sentenced in Gage County District Court to 90-days in county jail, and two years on probation, after being convicted of attempted burglary, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and obstructing police.  The weapon was a small knife which the judge suspected was being used as a tool along with other burglary tools.

Fisher’s attorney, Dustin Garrison told the judge why Fisher was in the building.

:28                  “the police reports”

District Judge Julie Smith seemed not to be buying that version of events.

:11                  “not playing light tag”

The 53-year-old Fisher had previous felony convictions from 1985 and 1997.  As part of his sentence, Fisher is barred from possessing weapons, must pay court costs of $157, was ordered to obtain employment and undergo a mental evaluation.

The judge denied a defense request to delay the start of the jail sentence.

Last July, Beatrice Police arrested Fisher in the act of allegedly taking copper, from inside the former Hoover Group Manufacturing plant building.

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