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Sheriff: Illinois man charged with theft, battery

LITCHFIELD (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been charged with stealing copper wire from cellphone towers and fighting with authorities while resisting arrest.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1sNDGpQ ) 32-year-old Lee Franks was charged this week with three felony counts of theft of more than $500. He was also charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery of a police officer and one felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says Franks recruited a minor to help steal copper in rural Madison and Macoupin counties.

Authorities found Franks in East Alton on Tuesday. They say he fought with officers when they tried to put him in handcuffs.

He's in the Madison County Jail on $100,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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