Copper Thief: Caught in the Act

As the streetlights were going out, two Arlington officers responding to an investigation on a residential thoroughfare made an amazing discovery.

Officer AJ Ahmed detained a man who was in the median. Officers say the man appeared uncooperative and he was wearing work gloves.

After further investigation, the tools used in the offense, including a key to the streetlight electrical access panel, were recovered. In the bed of the man’s pickup truck, officers also found approximately 1,600 feet of copper wire.

Because of the investigative work of these two officers, a felony offense was interrupted and an arrest was made, saving Arlington taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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