Undercover officers said that they caught a man stealing copper wire early Tuesday morning.
Authorities said that a security guard at an AEP facility, located along West Mound Street, spotted a man crawling through a hole in a fence and attempting to grab several rolls of copper wire around 2:30 a.m.
Undercover officers, who were already on the scene, saw the man and gave chase.
Investigators cornered the suspected thief in a nearby apartment complex, where he was arrested. Police also located where the person was attempting to hide wire.
The man, whose identity was not released, faces a breaking and entering charge. Investigators said that other charges would likely follow.
It was not yet known how much copper was taken.
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