Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak reports that as a result of an ongoing criminal investigation of metal and copper thefts in the county, three men have been arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail.
Charged with Theft of Metal, a State Jail Felony, are Washington County residents Colby Barham, Tyler Engeling, and Edward Baker.
On March 27, 2013, a Washington County resident reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that he had observed unknown males stealing copper and other metal from his property. When he attempted to approach the trio, they fled the scene in a pickup truck at a high rate of speed. Later that day, the theft victim learned the suspects were attempting to sell the stolen metal, contacted the Sheriff's office and filed a report. An investigation by Washington County Criminal Investigators Kyle Kokemoor and Clay Bosse developed the suspects as Barham, Engeling and Baker.
On May 9, 2013, a Washington County resident reported that as she arrived at her residence on Creek Road she found two males, later identified as Edward Baker and Colby Barham stealing property. When she confronted them they fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Ms. Schultz was able to get the license plate number as well as the make and model of the pickup truck.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation division issued felony warrants for their arrests. On May 17, 2013, Engeling and Baker were arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail with both posting bond and being released on May 18. On May 19, 2013, Barham was arrested and booked into the Washington County jail. He posted bond and was released from custody on May 19, 2013.