By News-Register staff • 

Rock quarry theft produces arrest

William Sly
William Sly

A Salem man was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Yamhill County sheriff's deputies in connection with the Sunday, May 5 theft of about $20,000 worth of copper wire from a rock quarry south of Dayton off Mallard Lane. He was identified as William Mitchell Sly, 39.

He was already wanted on a warrant for absconding his post-prison supervision and possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, according to the sheriff's office. Charges related to the metal theft will be filed. Sly has a lengthy criminal history related to drug and theft arrests.

Two suspects are still outstanding, but they have been identified and additional arrests are expected to be made. Survillance photos caught the trio in the act. Sly was identified through media distribution of the photos.

"The installation of cameras at this location was the key for my deputies being able to make this arrest," Crabtree said. "The business should be applauded for taking that proactive step.

The sheriff's office was assisted by Salem police and Marion County corrections.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call deputy Justin Brester at 503-434-7506.

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