2 more charged in Newport News sousaphone thefts

2 more charged in Newport News sousaphone thefts

Credit: From Newport News Police

Terrance Cooper and Charles Wiley

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by By Velma Scaife, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 1:22 PM

NEWPORT NEWS - A 22-year-old Richmond man, affiliated with the music program at a Petersburg university, is charged with burglarizing a Newport News high school and taking two sousaphones.

On Wednesday, police said two others are also charged. Terrance Michael Cooper, 19, of Newport News, surrendered and Teddy Wray Groves, 20, of Richmond is being sought.

The two, along with Charles Leon Wiley, 22, are charged with the May 2nd crimes at Menchville High School and Woodside High School.

Wiley is connected to the Virginia State University band, police say, and a VSU professor says he played the sousaphone in the marching band.

Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston says Wiley's pastor saw videotape played on the news last week, called Wiley and took him to Richmond Police.

Both instruments were recovered and are with authorities in Richmond.

Police told 13News Wednesday afternoon that, in mid-January, two sousaphones were stolen from Menchville High School. They're working to determine whether the cases are related.

Two other suspects in that videotape have not been identified.

If you can help police, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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