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updated: 7/9/2012 4:05 PM

Man accused of stealing copper, cash from Naperville school

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A former Naperville schools maintenance worker is accused of stealing about $9,000 worth of copper from his employer, authorities said.

James W. Logan, 52, of Montgomery, was charged with two counts of theft and is accused of stealing 4,500 pounds of copper cable from the grounds of Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell said.

Logan also is charged with stealing $1,000 in cash from a locked cabinet inside a trailer owned by Naperville Unit District 203, Bell said. The thefts began in August 2011.

"The copper is stored in a storage room underneath the bleachers at the high school," he said. "I'm not sure if he was taking a little at a time over the past year, or just took the whole thing, but it wasn't noticed 'til June."

The copper was valued at about $9,000, Bell said.

Logan was fired from District 203 after the thefts were discovered, Bell said. Logan was freed after posting bond, Bell said. His next court date was unavailable.

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