Preliminary hearing date set for suspected copper thief

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A preliminary hearing date was set Friday for a Ramona man suspected of stealing copper and other items from a property near Ramona.

Jackie Ray Hines, Sr., 56, charged with entering with intent to steal copper, knowingly concealing stolen property and malicious injury to property, is set to appear in Washington County District Court Aug. 8.

He is currently being held at the Washington County jail on a $150,000 bond.

According to the affidavit, during the afternoon of June 28, a deputy was dispatched to the 39100 block of N. 3990 Road in Ramona were a man was reported to be stealing items from the property.

Reportedly, the landowner's son and another man allegedly caught Hines on the property in a black pick-up truck and found he had allegedly stolen five pounds of copper wire, a pole saw and old electrical boxes — all taken from outside of a burned-out home.

After the two men had told Hines they had called the police — at which point Hines pleaded they not call the police — Hines reportedly tried to flee in his pick-up truck. When he found the driveway blocked, he allegedly drove across a field, through a barbed-wire fence and fled.

The men, having already obtained the tag number from Hines' vehicle, gave the number to authorities.

The following day when separately called upon to select the suspect out of a photo line-up, both men pointed out Hines' photograph, telling investigators he was the one who stole the items and drove through the fence.

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