An Orange County school worker stole copper from school sites and sold it in Volusia County, according to investigators who arrested the man Thursday.
Volusia County deputies started investigating last month when a recycling center in DeLand reported a customer scrapped nearly 2,000 pounds of copper wire in about a month at the center.
Deputies questioned Robert Harrell, 58, who eventually admitted that he was getting the wire from Brian Weydert, 54. Harrell said Weydert would give him the copper to sell, and then pay Harrell 10 percent for his part.
Deputies say Weydert, who worked at as a technician for the Orange County school district, stole the wire from school sites because he needed extra money to support his family.
Both men are now in the Volusia County jail in Daytona Beach.
An Orange County Public Schools spokesperson says an investigation has begun, and they are cooperating with law enforcement. They say Weydert started with the school district in 1989.
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