In Bridgeville, Delaware, a traffic stop led to the arrest of a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars of copper wire. Ronnie Rust of Seaford, Delaware, is charged with two counts of theft over $1,500, two counts of possession of burglary tools, two counts of criminal mischief over $5,000, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three traffic-related offenses.

Rust allegedly stole the wire from irrigation systems in the Bridgeville area. Delaware State Police said troopers were patrolling the area when they observed a green pickup truck off the side of the road with a white rag hanging out of the window, to give the impression that the vehicle was disabled.

Police were observant, as this same area had been targeted in the past few months with thefts of copper wiring. Within 15 minutes, the same truck was seen leaving the area, and due to the suspicious nature of the vehicle being “disabled” and then driving away, a traffic stop was conducted, to perform a crime prevention check.

Troopers said preliminary observation of the open bed of the truck revealed several spools of irrigation wire, which could be linked to the area Rust had just departed. A search of the interior of the truck revealed heavy-duty cable cutters used to sever the wiring from the irrigation system, as well as .2 grams of cocaine.

Following his arrest, Rust was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $10,500 secured bond.