The Griffin Police Department, in cooperation with the University of Georgia-Griffin campus, has made an arrest for the theft of copper at the UGA campus.
Willie Charles Edwards, 49, the man arrested, was a private security guard employed by Soteria Force providing security at the location. The thefts occurred while Edwards was working as a security guard.
Several thefts had occurred over the last several weeks, according to UGA-Griffin campus employees.
Edwards was recorded by closed-circuit television committing the most recent theft. Investigators Dwayne Hancock and Cairo Jackson discovered that Edwards had turned in approximately 127 pounds of copper to Bare Metals on April 30, 2008, and had received $700 for a second load the morning of the day he was arrested.
Edwards admitted to the crime and said he needed the money, Griffin police said.
Edwards is at the Spalding County Jail.
He has been charged with felony theft by taking for stealing the copper items from the UGA facility and felony theft by deception for obtaining currency from Bare Metals through deceitful means.