2 plead guilty in copper pipe theft case

Two area men have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the theft of $14,000 worth of copper piping from Eramet in February 2012.

Richard L. Nolan, 39, of 4843 15th Ave., Parkersburg, pleaded guilty Thursday to one fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering and one fourth-degree felony count of grand theft, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Nolan and Jonathan P. Stringer, 31, of 410 Victoria Ave., Parkersburg, allegedly broke into Eramet in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 and stole a large quantity of copper piping that Eramet was in the process of removing from underground, he said.

The pair were using a vehicle belonging to the girlfriend of John Wyatt, 56, of 125 Marnatha Circle, Belpre to transport the copper, he added.

When the Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Wyatt’s home, officers found all three men in the process of stripping the wire, said Schneider.

Wyatt, who was in Tennessee at the time of the robbery, pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, he said.

Nolan will be sentenced March 21 at 8 a.m. Wyatt will be sentenced March 20 at 8 a.m.

Stringer’s case has been continued, said Schneider.