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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:59

Mall Copper Thief Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

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MEMPHIS – Nov. 3, 2014 - A 61-year-old man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for stealing copper and vandalizing a building two years ago in the vacant Raleigh Springs Mall, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Dung Tran was convicted by a Criminal Court jury in September of theft of property over $1,000, vandalism over $1,000, burglary of a building and possession of burglary tools.
The incident occurred on April 5, 2012, when Tran was spotted on live video surveillance entering the Goldsmith building through a trash chute.
Investigating officers found several large HVAC radiators – minus coils and copper – stacked by the stairwell. Officers followed a trail of scratch marks on the floor, heard banging sounds and found Tran damaging a large industrial cooling unit.
Pry-bars, bolt cutters, saws, wrenches and other hand tools were found inside the unit, along with flashlights and batteries.
Tran is in jail on $30,000 bond and has two prior burglary convictions and a vehicular homicide conviction.
His codefendant, Darrell Norry, 53, who admitted helping Tran drive several truckloads of scrap metal to Arkansas, pleaded guilty to lesser charge. He was placed on diversion for a year.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Marianne Bell.