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Copper thief caught in the act at elementary school

Demetrius Autreli McDowell (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Demetrius Autreli McDowell (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Florence County Patrol Deputies, caught a man in the act of stealing copper from an air conditioning unit at a Timmonsville Elementary School.

According to Patrol Deputies with the Florence County Sheriff's Office, Demetrius Autreli McDowell, age 21, of Timmonsville, SC was arrested and charged him with larceny on Sept 8 at around 6 p.m. after catching him in the act.

Deputies allege that McDowell was also in possession of tools capable of removing the copper elements in the air conditioning unit. 

McDowell is being held at the Florence County Detention Center while this incident remains under investigation with additional charges pending.

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