Police: Man electrocuted while stealing copper from Moraine business

Police say a man was electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire Wednesday morning. (WDTN Photo/Darren King)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – A 28-year-old Clermont County man is dead after police say he was electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire from Moraine car lot.

Sgt. John Spencer of the Moraine Police Department says a woman pulled up to Kettering Medical Center with Daniel Dean in the car. Medics pronounced him dead.

Spencer said the duo was trying to steal metal from No Ones’ Car Lot on West Dorothy Lane. They didn’t realize the wire was live.

“That shows you just dangerous this stuff can be – especially with electricity,” Spencer said.

At the scene, Wednesday morning, car salesman Stan McKnight says he was shocked by what he saw when he came to pick up some cars.

“I was a little shocked that I came to pick up something that I can’t move because it’s now a crime scene,” McKnight said. “We keeps our Volkswagens here and our Audis, too.”

The owner of the car lot did not want to talk on camera but said this is the first time something like this has happened.

Daren Bowling, the owner of a neighboring business said he hopes the incident can serve as a deterrent to future, would-be thieves.

“I don’t want nobody getting unfortunately killed for stealing copper,” Bowling “But you take that chance when you breaking into somebody’s business and try to take their stuff.”

Spencer says the woman who drove to the hospital could face charges of breaking and entering. He said Dean does have a criminal history.

“It’s fairly common especially with the drug epidemic that we have in the county, currently,” Spencer said. “Pretty much anything that can be sold can be stolen fairly easily and that’s usually one of the things that people focus on.”

Police believe another person may have been involved in the incident. They’re still trying to find that person.


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