Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Three are arrested in spate of copper thefts
Deputies want two more suspects, a husband and wife, that they say are connected to the case.
By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
Published December 19, 2007
The Sheriff's Office says Scott Bertos, 40, made $102,000 from copper he stole from his former employer. He was arrested in Tennessee.
NEW PORT RICHEY - Silver is for the 25th anniversary. Gold for 50 years. Platinum is for 70.
Copper, deputies say, is for making a quick and illicit buck.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced three arrests in a spate of thefts of the precious and useful metal.
Deputies are also looking for a husband-and-wife tandem of suspects on the run and believed to be headed for Texas.
The copper that was stolen ranged from brand-new tubing to pieces taken from stolen air conditioning units.
"They were absolutely making a living on the construction boom," said Sgt. Ken Gregory.
- Scott Bertos, 40, could be in the most trouble. He was arrested in Tennessee two weeks ago on outstanding warrants on one count of scheming to defraud and 44 counts of grand theft.
Deputies say he also profited the most: He made $102,000 from the brand-new copper tubing he is accused of stealing from his old employer, Calvery Electric.
The former manager stole more than $300,000 worth of copper in a year, the Sheriff's Office says, and resold it to metal recyclers and didn't even bother to take the cellophane off the rolls.
He was also the one who reported the original thefts, deputies say, and left the state soon after the investigation began. He is awaiting extradition.
- Robert Douglas Amodio, 25, was arrested Dec. 12 on 17 charges, including three counts of grand theft and dealing in stolen property and one count of burglary.
Deputies say Amodio cased new developments and homes for sale by day and stole air conditioning units at night.
He stripped the units of copper and sold it for scrap, deputies say, and even hit homes that were still occupied. Amodio has sold 13,000 pounds of scrap metal for $5,708 since August, according to deputies, and may be responsible for dozens more thefts.
He was being held in the county jail late Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
- George Henry Causey, 46, was arrested Nov. 19 on two counts of burglary and charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Deputies say he stole a $3,000 copper tank from a Pasco County winery. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Arrest warrants on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property also have been issued for two of his alleged cohorts, Eddie Duncan Rutherford, 42, and Tina Louise Rutherford, 41.