Green Bay man charged in Iron County theft

CRYSTAL FALLS – A Green Bay, Wis., man has been arrested and charged with stealing copper tubing from a hunting camp in the north area of Porter Lake in Iron County’s Hematite Township.

Deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department said that they initially received a complaint on Oct. 9 that someone had stolen approximately 83 feet of three-eighth inch copper tubing used to transfer propane from an outdoor 500 gallon storage tank into the camp, supplying fuel for heating.

The owner of the camp told deputies that the theft must have occurred within a time period of 90 minutes while he was out on an errand. He supplied deputies with a description of a person he had previously observed riding near the camp in a four-wheeler.

Deputies said that they soon identified and located a suspect, 53-year-old Ronald J. Woodworth. They noted that Woodworth is a full-time resident of Green Bay and a seasonal resident of the Cable Lake area of Hematite Township.

Woodworth was taken into custody without incident, said deputies.

On Oct. 11, Woodworth was arraigned in Iron County Trial Court on charges of malicious destruction of personal property, larceny, and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Woodworth will return to court on Oct. 21.

Deputies said that additional criminal charges against Woodworth are expected. Those charges involve other seasonal properties in the Cable Lake area, they said.

Assisting at the scene was the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.