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SUFFOLK It might sound like a scene from a movie, but in Suffolk, police are investigating a very real and rather interesting case.

Police say they caught a group of copper thieves at a site used for police K-9 training.

Three men and a woman who all live together in Portsmouth were found Monday afternoon at a former transmitter site on Sleepy Hole Road. The site is used by several city departments including the police department, for training and storage.

At about 1:30 p.m., a police lieutenant noticed a suspicious vehicle on the property. When officers went to check out the vehicle, they found a man inside. He was not wearing any clothes.

That man police found is Wilbur Wilkins, 53. While investigating, police found that Wilkins was trying to steal copper and had fallen into a hole and gotten wet. He told police that's why he took off his clothes. He was apparently in the car trying to keep warm.

Wilkins was with three others. Police arrested him and Ingo Curlett, 48, Stephen Liberato, 45, and Roberta Wilkins, 52. All of them live in the 3400 block of George Washington Highway. Police have charged all four with grand larceny, larceny with intent to steal, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit a felony and trespassing.

All four are currently in custody at Western Tidewater Regional Jail. Curlett and Roberta Wilkins are being held with no bond.


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