Alert NE Fresno homeowner helps catch copper wire thieves

Thursday, October 20, 2011

An alert homeowner helped Fresno Police catch two men suspected of stealing copper wire from street lights.

Leroy Walters and Allen Suther were arrested early Monday morning after a man reported suspicious activity near his home in Northeast Fresno.

Al Maroney, Fresno Police Department said, "He looked out his window and saw a small car passing with a very loud muffler and he just kept his eyes on the car and he watched them as they went over to a city junction box and removed the cover, peered inside and then walked away."

Officers pulled over Walters and Suther a few blocks away. They found a large amount of copper wire rolled up in a toolbox in the back of their truck along with wire cutters and a tool used to pry open street light covers.

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