HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Clifford Lee Garrison, of Walker County, was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree and two counts of theft of property in the first degree after an investigation into tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of copper wire was stolen.
Huntsville police, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigations, Birmingham police, and AT&T Asset Protection have partnered over the past few months to investigate several copper thefts in the north Alabama region.
Officers from Huntsville were working several burglaries of AT&T substations across the city. They have been working with the ABI and some local agencies around Birmingham that had experienced the same type of burglaries.
Birmingham police identified Garrison from the surveillance video as a contractor who had a key pad access to the substations.
The total value of the stolen copper wiring, plus damage cause statewide, could be in excess of $1 million.
Garrison was an employee for a contracting company that serviced the AT&T switching facilities.
He will be charged in Huntsville and is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on two felony theft charges.