Mount Pleasant police arrest 3 in alleged copper theft from hotel

Robert Lee Weston (left), Leonard Wolcott (center) and Dwayne Brown Cochran are accused of stealing copper from the Masters Inn hotel in Mount Pleasant on July 3, 2013.

Police say they caught three men stealing copper from a Mount Pleasant hotel early Wednesday.

Dwayne Brown Cochran, 45, of Charleston, and Robert Lee Weston, 61, and Leonard Wolcott, 52, both of North Charleston, were arrested at around 4 a.m. at the Masters Inn hotel on Wingo Way.

A Mount Pleasant police officer noticed a white dust cloud coming from the hotel and went in for a closer look, according to an incident report. The hotel had been under extra patrols by police because of previous copper thefts in recent weeks, the report stated.

As the officer approached the back of the hotel, he saw two men standing outside a room, police said. The officer saw a third man walk out of a black sports utility vehicle that was parked in front of the room and saw a fourth man walking out of the room with a copper pipe in his hands, the officer stated in the report.

As the officer approached the men, two of them fled. The other two, Cochran and Weston, were arrested, police said. Police later found Wolcott hiding under a table in one of the hotel rooms and arrested him. The fourth man has not been identified, according to the report.

Police found copper pipes lying on the floor of one of the hotel rooms, along with a bag that contained hand tools, and a black crow bar was found on the bed, the report stated.

Weston, Cochran and Wolcott were charged with second-degree burglary, obtaining nonferrous metals unlawfully and possession of burglary tools.

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