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Thieves are hitting cell phone towers for valuable wire, Biloxi police say

Nathaniel Jarod Cox
Nathaniel Jarod Cox

Police have arrested a second suspect on charges of grand larceny and malicious mischief in the case of a damaged cell phone tower on Veterans Avenue, where at least $4,000 in wire was stolen from the tower and surrounding equipment.

After earlier this week arresting a juvenile who was not named, police say they were able to connect Nathaniel Jarod Cox, 19, to the theft. The juvenile was found hiding on the property.

Police Maj. Christopher De Back said police believe Cox also was involved in stealing and disposing of the wire.

“We’re working on tying other thefts in with these people,” DeBack said. “We’ve still got some investigative work to do.”

He said wire also was stolen from a cell tower in Harrison County, and a cell phone tower at WLOX-TV on DeBuys Road also was damaged about a week ago, although DeBack did not think any wire was taken in that case.

He said metal thieves generally sell the wire to scrap yards to be melted down.

Police arrested Cox on Thursday.

Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set bond for Cox at $100,000 — $50,000 on each charge. He was being held at the Harrison County jail.

Anyone with information about the wire theft or similar crimes can call the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 228-435-6112; email the Biloxi Criminal Intelligence Unit at ciu@biloxi.ms.us, or anonymously submit an online tip to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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