One of the “charms” of a small town newspaper is the publisher is often willing to splash the name and face of criminals and criminal suspects all over the front page. The following article written by Jessica Palmer of the Roswell Daily Record discloses that suspect Chad Charney has been charged with stealing copper pipe from the old New Mexico alcohol and substance abuse Rehabilitation Center(I believe this is the same building that was formerly the Roswell Army Air Field hospital where the aliens who crashed near Roswell were taken).
A quick glance at the countenance of Mr. Charney reminds one of a cross between Gomer Pyle and Charles Manson. I am guessing he was selling the stolen copper at a local recycling center and then buying meth, crack cocaine, or heroin. Too bad the Rehab Center has closed its doors because Charney was at the right place but with the wrong purpose. Poor guy, stealing one substance so he can consume an addictive substance. A fate worse than death it seems. Addiction is a cruel master and parents should be alert to the fact that their addict children might be living rent free.
The Record Staff Writer’s article also informs us that 9 separate copper thefts have occurred in “this region” during June alone. Her usage of region was ambiguous. Not really sure if she meant Roswell or in the region including Dexter, Hagerman, Artesia, Carlsbad,Hobbs, Portales, Farmington, Eunice, Jal aka south-eastern NM.
Finally, the copper heister was apprehended when RPD detective Robert Scribner matched copper in the inventory of a local recycling center with copper at the old rehab facility.
I kindly ask anybody reading this article to report any copper theft incidents in your respective regions. Any reports of copper stealing from any place in the world would raise awareness of the scope of the issue. You can leave anonymous comments if you do not want to identify yourself. Thanks!