09/27/2011 01:52 pm ET Updated Nov 27, 2011

April Cater and Joseph Russell, Pennsylvania Couple, Steal $7,146 Of Copper To Fund Wedding: Cops

If gold is for a 50th wedding anniversary and silver is for a 25th, then copper is for the wedding day itself.

At least that's the case for a bride and groom from Pennsylvania, accused of stealing copper -- valued at more than $7,000 -- to pay for their nuptials.

April Cater, 24, and Joseph Russell, 23, have been charged with theft, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief for cutting copper wire, from 18 utility poles in North Sewickley Township on Aug. 9, the Beaver County Times reports.

The duo -- who were set to be married on Aug. 13 -- then sold the metal to a salvage company, according to the Associated Press.

The day after the incident, the salvage company gave police surveillance video purportedly showing the couple, the Beaver County Times reports.

The couple reportedly told police they resorted to theft after Russell lost his job.

A source with North Sewickley Township Police told The Huffington Post that the couple are "cooperating" with investigators.

Cater and Russell aren't the only residents of the Keystone State accused of turning to crime to pay for their wedding.

Last Month, Arthur Phillips III, 32, and Brittany Lurch, 22, were accused of shoplifting food from a supermarket to serve at their wedding reception.


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