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Copper crime nets one arrest

REHOBOTH — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought in connection to copper theft from Rehoboth United Methodist Church.

According to Northampton County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brenda Burnette, Jamel Peele of Greenville (originally from Northampton County) was arrested October 5 for the crime.

Jamel Peele

Burnette said on July 12 it was reported to the NCSO the theft of copper piping from the church’s air conditioning unit.

An investigation determined Peele as a suspect as well as Donald Debreaux of Rich Square, who has warrants issued for his arrest.

Peele was charged with possession of stolen goods and was placed in the Northampton County Jail on a $4,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was on Thursday.

Burnette urged those with information about Debreaux’s whereabouts to contact the NCSO at (252) 534-2611 or the Northampton County Crimestoppers line at (252) 534-1110.