Limestone County subcontractor returns to unfinished home to steal wiring, deputies say

Limestone County subcontractor returns to unfinished home to steal wiring, deputies say

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A residential subcontractor was arrested Saturday after allegedly returning to a home under construction two weeks after leaving his work unfinished. Deputies say he broke into the locked residence to retrieve his tools and cut out copper wiring, damaging the home.

Kenneth Shane Strong, 26, of Ardmore is charged with first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Limestone County Jail Monday on $8,500 bond.

Limestone County deputies responded to the 15000 block of Huntsville-Brownsferry Road Saturday morning after the owner of the residence called and told dispatchers he had come to the residence and found Strong inside. The caller said that Strong had been doing some drywall work as a subcontractor but had left the work unfinished two weeks earlier and hadn’t returned.

Deputies say when they arrived, Strong’s vehicle was parked, still running, in front of the house. Deputies say they found freshly cut copper wiring in the front seat of the vehicle.

When they contacted Strong, deputies reportedly also found drug paraphernalia and a pair of wire cutters on him.

Investigators say forced entry had been made to the door, causing damage to the door frame. They said there was also damage inside the house and in the crawl space where copper wires had been cut and removed.

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