McCurry gets probation for Grover break-ins

Published 10:54 am Thursday, November 17, 2011

The man accused of stealing copper from Grover Industries in Lynn was sentenced last week in Polk County District Court.

Timothy William McCurry, 39, was charged on Sept. 2 with three counts of felony breaking and or entering and three counts of felony larceny after break/enter for the alleged crimes. Judge Athena F. Brooks handed down two 6-8 month sentences, which were suspended for McCurry to serve two terms of 18 months of supervised probation. McCurry was also fined $100 and court costs.

Officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating the stealing of copper from the former plant for about a month and a half. After setting up surveillance around the property, officers figured out a routine and on Sept. 2, Sgt. Mike Wheeler went to the plant around 3 a.m. and found a vehicle there.

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Officers swarmed the plant and found McCurry hiding in a drainage area in the basement.

Officers estimated McCurry had been taking copper from the plant in small amounts each visit over a three or four month period.

There was an estimated $150,000 worth of damage done to the building with an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 worth of copper stolen, according to sheriff office reports.