4th person charged in copper cable theft from mine

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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A fourth defendant has been charged with a copper cable conspiracy case involving thefts from the Sibanye-Stillwater mining company.

Desiree Hanson, 36, appeared in district court last week and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit theft.

The case accuses a total of four defendants of purposely or knowingly obtaining unauthorized control over property from its owner by removing copper cables and other properties from a Sibanye-Stillwater mine holding site, said property belonging to a mine contractor, worth approximately $23,000 to $27,000 between Nov. 1, 2017, and April 25, 2018, according to court documents.

Specifically, Hanson is accused of purposely and knowingly obtaining unauthorized control over stolen property that she knew was stolen and selling the stolen property to Big Sky Steel in Billings, according to court documents. It allegedly involved 352 pounds of copper worth $686.40, according to court documents.