3 charged with trying to steal copper
All that glitters is not gold, but even copper has its attractions, as was demonstrated again Tuesday when police in northern Virginia thwarted what they said was an attempt to steal the metal from a utility storage yard.
According to City of Fairfax police, intruders in a Verizon lot were trying to take eight-foot sections of copper, along with about 200 feet of copper wire from a spool.
Responding to a report of a crime in progress, officers from Fairfax City showed up about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at the lot near Fairfax Circle, police said. Intruders fled as the officers arrived at the site in the 3100 block of Spring Street.
Police said they deployed a dog and the county police helicopter in a search that ended with the arrest of three men in their 20s.
Police said two were from Baltimore and one from Linthicum. Police said they were charged in warrants with attempted grand larceny and possession of burglars' tools.
-- Martin Weil
| July 27, 2010; 9:15 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Virginia
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