Plea deal in copper wiring theft case

Mug shot of Foster Mowrey courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man police believe was involved in the theft of copper wire from an AEP facility has pleaded guilty to multiple charges. By doing so, Foster Mowrey avoids a possible conviction related to the alleged intimidation of a witness in the case.

He pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property and being a habitual offender.

Mowrey, 31, was arrested on March 18 after being seen by security guards who suspected he was trying to steal copper wire at a location on Baer Road. Mowrey did not have any copper wire on him at the time, but he was found with a flashlight and pliers were found nearby. Police also found bolt cutters, a large tool bag and a rental agreement with a self-storage facility in his car.

On April 11, Mowrey made a phone call to one of the witnesses in the case according to court documents. The victim said he missed the call, but called the number back.

When Mowrey picked up the phone, he told the victim it was him and said that he had a “hit” out on the victim. Mowrey also said the victim was a “snitch” and asked why the victim didn’t tell him the police were looking for him. That’s what prompted the intimidation charge.

The plea deal reached Thursday calls for a four year prison sentence and one year probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 9, 2014.

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