Man pleads guilty to copper theft

WOODSTOCK — A Stanley man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three theft-related charges after stealing $3,400 worth of copper earlier this year.

Phillip Samuel Hyre, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy to sell stolen property as part of a plea agreement. Hyre stole $2,000 of copper wire on Jan. 21 that he sold to a recycling company the same day, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski said. Then, between April 27 and May 10, Hyre stole $1,400 in copper billets from Howell Metal, and conspired with another man to sell the copper to a recycling plant, court documents state.

The stolen items had been recovered, Zalenski said, and the prosecution was not asking for any restitution to be paid. Hyre was sentenced to serve one month of a 15-year sentence and complete three years of supervised probation upon his release. He was given a delayed reporting date, and must report to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Jan. 8.