Man gets four years for stolen copper

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

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The man who stole copper wire from an AEP facility was sentenced to four years in jail and one year probation Monday.

Foster Mowrey, 31, pleaded guilty in May to criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property and being a habitual offender. He was arrested March 18 after security guards suspected he was trying to steal copper wire at an AEP facility off Baer Road. Mowrey did not have any copper wire on him at the time, but he was found with a flashlight and pliers nearby. Police also found bolt cutters, a large tool bag and a rental agreement with a self-storage facility in his car.

As part of his plea agreement in May, the charges were dropped for an alleged intimidation of a witness in the case. 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 he had a “hit” out on the victim. Mowrey called the victim a “snitch” and asked why the victim didn’t tell him the police were looking for him.

Mowrey’s girlfriend, Catherine L. Bure, was caught two weeks later 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.

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.

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 but has not been sentenced yet.

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