CRYSTAL FALLS—A 53-year-old Green Bay man has been arrested by authorities in connection with the theft of copper tubing from a hunting camp in northern Hematite Township. He is also being investigated in connection with thefts at other camps in the area.
Ronald J. Woodworth was arraigned Oct. 11 in Iron County Trial Court on charges of malicious destruction of property, larceny and receiving/concealing stolen property. An Oct. 21 court hearing has been set by Judge C. Joseph Schwedler.
The incident started Oct. 9, when Iron County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a seasonal hunting camp north of Porter Lake, Hematite Township. The camp owner reported the theft of approximately 83 feet of 3/8-inch copper tubing, used to transfer propane from an outdoor 500-gallon storage tank into the camp, supplying fuel for heating.
The camp owner said the theft occurred within a 90-minute period while he was away from the camp. The owner described a person he had earlier seen riding a four-wheeler near his camp.
A joint investigation was initiated between the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division.
An offender believed responsible for the theft of the copper tubing was soon identified. He was later located by law enforcement and taken into custody without incident by deputies at his Cable Lake camp.
Woodworth is a seasonal homeowner with property on Cable Lake and is a full time resident of Green Bay.
Authorities report additional criminal charges are expected to be filed against Woodworth, involving other seasonal properties located in the Cable Lake area of Hematite Township.