Police: 3 arrested in copper wire theft case

June 29, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a warrant served in a larceny case has resulted in arrests in a separate copper wire theft case.

Investigators say they spotted light pole fixtures and a bunch [auth] of copper wire while serving the warrant at Edward Lujan’s home. He claimed he found the copper in a trash bin at the Intel plant in Rio Rancho.

Police say the materials were stolen the night before from another area in Rio Rancho.

Lujan and two other men have been charged with receiving stolen property.

In the larceny case, Lujan is accused of stealing some battery storage boxes from a wireless store in Albuquerque in May.

Police say receipts showed Lujan had sold thousands of pounds of metal to a recycling business, claiming the material belonged to him.

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