When Thomas Mitchell entered the rear of Zip Products at 1590 Texas on July 9, 2013, one of the company owners was alerted on his cell phone via a closed-circuit monitor.
The owner armed himself with a handgun and confronted Mitchell who had been stripping copper wire from the back of the building. He then was joined by another owner of the company who helped him detain Mitchell until police arrived.
Mitchell had wire cutters in his pocket and a set of bolt cutters and gloves were found near the stripped wire.
He remains in the Shelby County Jail and faces four to eight years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 3 by Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Kevin Rardin.