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Accused Copper Thief Claims to be 'Sovereign Citizen' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Marc Stanley is accused of stealing copper wire worth thousands of dollars, but reportedly claims U.S. law doesn't apply to him because he is a sovereign citizen.

Stanley allegedly tried to steal copper wiring from fourteen light poles in a parking lot next to where the new East Coast Believers Church is being constructed in Oviedo, Fla., at about 1 a.m. last Saturday, reports WESH (video below).

"He was dressed all in black had a backpack and was acting suspiciously," said Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Cannaday. "We've had cases in the past where we've had people electrocuted because they don't know how to remove copper wiring."

When a deputy arrested Stanley for grand theft and criminal damage, Stanley claimed that "legalese" did not apply to him because he was a "sovereign citizen," according to the police report.

"They felt about $20,000 had been stolen out of the light poles in the parking lot," Susan Gordon, of the East Coast Believers Church, told WFTV.

"It's very disappointing," added Gordon. "We just feel very thankful that the guy was caught when he did and that he didn't have a chance to come in the building."

Because of his sovereign citizen claim, Stanley is being held in a local jail on no bond.

Sources: WESH and WFTV