Woman charged after trying to scrap stolen copper wire

Mug shot of Catherine Bure courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The girlfriend of a man recently arrested for breaking into an AEP Facility was caught trying to sell stolen copper wire less than two weeks after her boyfriend’s arrest, according to court documents. 

Catherine L. Bure is facing theft charges after she was caught trying to sell more than 300 pounds of stolen copper wire at Maumee Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne on March 21. 

Bure’s boyfriend, Foster Mowrey, had spoken to Bure earlier in the day from the Allen County Jail, where he was confined, and asked her if she had gotten the “stuff” out of his basement, according to the affidavit of probable cause. He told her how to wrap it in a tarp and get it out of his basement. She was at Maumee Metals just a few hours later with 309 pounds of stolen copper wire. 

Mowrey was arrested on March 18 after being seen by security guards who suspected he was trying to steal copper wire. Mowrey did not have any copper wire on him at the time of this arrest, but he was found with a flashlight on him, pliers nearby. Police also saw bolt cutters, a large tool bag and a rental agreement with a self-storage facility in his car. 

When police stopped her at Maumee Metal, she first stated she found under a “pole barn” in a city alley, then claimed it belonged to another woman. She ultimately told police she found the copper in her boyfriend’s basement when she went down there to get a TV that belonged to her. 

Three days after Bure tried to sell the copper wire, an AEP employee identified it as copper wire than had been stolen from the facility at 8201 Baer Road, the same facility Mowrey had been arrested at.

On March 27, Bure admitted to police that she knew the wire was stolen and not hers. She faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

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