Couple Accused Of Stealing Copper To Pay For Wedding

NEW SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Beaver County couple allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of copper to pay for their wedding.

“It was a state of panic – it was a dumb decision,” Joseph Russell told KDKA-TV. “I obviously know that.”

He said he talked his fiancée, 24-year-old April Cater into stealing the wire to help pay for their August 13 wedding.

His mother-in-law had lost $1,000 on a reception hall that went out of business.

“I lost my job a couple weeks before that and I didn’t know exactly what to do,” Russell explained.

The couple is accused of removing copper wire from 18 Penn Power utility poles throughout New Sewickley Township.

Repairing each pole cost nearly $400.

The couple’s Dodge Dakota pickup was spotted by a surveillance camera at Allegheny Raw Materials where they sold the copper for $18.

“I’m very unhappy with myself, I’m very disappointed with myself that I made that decision,” Russell said. “And I know it wasn’t right for me and my family.”

Russell and Cater have a 3-year-old son.


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  • Don

    Nothing says true love like partners in crime.

  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

    Two losers made for each other. How nice to start out married life with matching rap sheets. IDIOTS! LMAO!!

  • Lou

    They should be locked up w/couple from Eastern PA who were shoplifting the food for their reception from local grocery stores. I don’t need to see the photo of their trailer to determine if it’s a doblewide!

  • Idiots

    These two shouldn’t be allowed to breed anymore…….However,I’m willing to bet the 3 year old has more sense than both of his idiot parents

  • MustafaJohnson

    Hahahaha. This is way too much. Hope this makes it to Leno or Letterman. Instead of a ring they can use handcuffs. Maybe now the county taxpayers can pay for the wedding in prison. LMAO!!

  • HolyfatbrideBatman

    sure he wasn’t stealing it to foot her feed bill? :-P

  • Rick

    At least he is admitting it. So often we see the accused refusing to speak to the media or acting all tough in the face of the camera. Good for you Russell. Now time to suffer the consequences.

  • G2

    It just shows me that desperate people turn to do bad thing to help their family. Unfortantly at some point in time one of us might be in his situation and do something stupid to help our family’s. It will only continue to get worse day after day. My prayers are for his son and I am not a church going person. But someday things have to start getting better for all of us.

  • willie

    F…….k them both….


    your’re only sorry because you got caught,

  • piksburg

    day shuda been wareing stiller jerseys…..

  • Burghless

    Wow – I can’t believe the comments here: making fun of someone’s weight, stupidity, sterotyping, etc. Could you be any more callous? Yeah, it was a dumb idea, and the guy admitted it, but like the one comment states, these are desperate times for a lot of people, and people are turning to measures they never dreamed they would. Try not to judge so much and place yourself in their shoes. Instead of nailing them to the cross, why don’t you reach out and help them..

  • Frederic Steven Lucas

    If you have ever stolen copper to pay for your wedding…you might be a redneck.

  • Frederic Steven Lucas

    Burghless, if you steal, as they did, you are a criminal.

  • LT

    He was wrong. Atleast he was upfront and honost about his wrong doing. Honosty is the most important. He made a mistake..a major one given..and he will face the consequences in the form of fines. I give him credit for being honost about his bad decision. Alot of people would of continued spiraling in lies and made up excuses.

  • Ya Jagoff

    “Look at me! I’m on the news! (I’m the Jagoff without a shirt!) Thx to @danielcasciato for submitting the link:

  • pay backs r a beeeeoooccchh

    ALL i can say is when your taught to steal and that sort of behaviors are acceptable God has a way of dealing with certain individuals…
    I think it was more like im caught i better make up a story; it was more like i want more money given to me… now its time to accept the punishments and live with it!

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