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Flat Lick man charged with stealing copper causing TV, internet, and phone outages

Updated: Jan 31

From Knox County Ky. Sheriff's Office -

Tony Gray - KCDC

Between December 3, 2022, and December 8, 2022, several thousand feet of TV, internet, and telephone wire belonging to Windstream Communications was removed from utility poles in the Flat Lick community. The theft of the wire resulted in the loss of TV, internet and telephone service along Warrior’s Path, Lick Branch and Sandy Branch. According to Windstream Communications, the theft of the wire, damage caused, and repair costs amounted to over $41,000.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Wilson investigated the theft complaint. During his investigation, he identified a suspect, Tony Gray of Flat Lick. Deputies traveled to the residence of Tony Gray on Lick Branch road where they observed several feet of metal wire wrapping as well as the remains of burnt copper wire on the ground in his yard. As a result of his investigation, Detective Wilson obtained a Knox County Arrest Warrant for Tony Gray.

On January 27, 2023, SGT Bobby Jones arrested Tony Ray Gray 52 of Flat Lick, KY on the arrest warrant charging him with Trespass of Key Infrastructure Assets, Unlawful Act Relating to Acquiring Metals-Injury to Property-over $3000, Criminal Mischief-1st Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition-over $10,000.

In addition, Tony Gray was wanted on two Knox County Bench Warrants for failure to appear on Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, Contempt of Court, Setting Fire on his Own Land Without Taking Precautions, and Fire Hazard Season-Burning Before 4:30 pm charges. He was also wanted on a Bell County Bench Warrant for failure to appear on several traffic violations.

Tony Gray was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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