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1 Arrested In Attempted Copper Theft At Fremont Shopping Center

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Evidence of copper theft. (File - CBS)

Evidence of copper theft. (File – CBS)

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FREMONT (CBS SF) — Police arrested a suspect and attempted to locate another suspect who were interrupted while attempting to steal copper wire from a shopping center rooftop in Fremont on Tuesday morning, police said.

About 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a report that two men were acting suspiciously at the Brookvale Shopping Center, located on Fremont Boulevard near Tamayo Street.

Police said a man was seen on top of a roof at the shopping center talking to another male suspect on the ground.

Officers responded to the shopping center and made contact with the man on the ground. At that point, the suspect on the roof fled the scene.

According to police, the suspects were attempting to steal copper from the rooftop.

According to PG&E, the damage is estimated to be $10,000.

The man who officers contacted was identified as a 35-year-old Fremont transient. He was arrested for felony vandalism and for possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Officers set up a perimeter to search for the second suspect, but he was not located, police said.

The incident remained under investigation.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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