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Suspect caught in AEP's attempted burglary

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LAWTON, Okla._ A man pleaded not guilty this week in connection to last month's attempted burglary of copper from Lawton's AEP business yard.

Police said a crime stopper's tip was responsible for John Willman's arrest last week.

Willman was arrested at his home after  an anonymous tipster recognized his image from surveillance video and called the Crime Stoppers tipline. The video captured Willman and another person cutting through the business's chain link fence in an attempt to steal spools of copper.

Willman admitted to police he was the man in the picture, but said he didn't plan the burglary. He said he accompanied a friend also seen in the images after he was told they would "hit a lick."

He said he thought his friend would give him some of the stolen copper for helping commit the burglary.

Willman remains in custody at Comanche County Detention Center. His friend has not been arrested.

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