Copper thief goes to federal prison.
On January 22, 2013, Jonathan Dale Campbell, age 32, of
Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court in Council Bluffs on the charge of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property regarding the theft of
copper from center-pivot irrigation systems, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.
Chief United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Campbell to 37 months in prison, and also ordered Campbell to serve 3 years of supervised release following
his imprisonment. The Court ordered that the 37 months federal sentence of imprisonment be served consecutively to, that is, in addition to, State of Iowa sentences currently being served by
Campbell. (Campbell is currently serving terms of imprisonment in Iowa for theft and burglary.
The Court also ordered Campbell to pay restitution in the amount of $174,047.97 to identified victims of the theft scheme in which Campbell was involved, and to pay a $100.00 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund.
l was sentenced upon his plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property. The charges arose from a prolonged series of thefts of copper
from control cables for center-pivot irrigation systems. The cable was stolen from farming operations stretching from near Sioux City, Iowa, to near St. Joseph, Missouri, with a
concentration of the thefts in Harrison and Monona counties in Iowa.
Campbell was a part of a conspiracy involving three or more people, which operated from late in 2009, until the summer
of 2010. The sentences imposed in this case were in part based on co-conspirators receiving an estimated $70,000.00, to $120,000.00.00, from a salvage yard in Omaha, Nebraska, for the
Records established that persons involved in this conspiracy delivered copper from the center-pivot irrigation system control cables to the salvage yard in Omaha, Nebraska, on at
least 73 occasions. The sentences were also based in part on the number of victims identified in the case, with approximately 28 farming entities and a number of insurance companies being
identified as victims in Harrison and Monona counties.