BELMONT (CBS SF/BCN) — Two suspects were in custody Friday after they allegedly used extension cords to steal power from a Belmont school to provide electricity to a nearby homeless encampment.
Belmont police said Ryan Tuli, 26, and Edgar Sanchez Arellano, 33, both from San Mateo, were arrested on suspicion of theft of utility services and on outstanding warrants.READ MORE: Fmr. Pinole Police Officer Allegedly Videotaped Himself Having Sex With Minor
On Wednesday, Belmont police officers responded to a local elementary school on a report of theft of electricity from the facility.READ MORE: UPDATE: Woman Accused of Starting Fawn Fire Was Boiling Bear Urine to Drink
They located damage to an air conditioning unit where the suspects accessed the unit with extension cords to steal power. The officers followed the extension cords to an encampment next to the school’s property.
Investigators said several items at the encampment were being powered by the school’s electricity, and Tuli and Sanchez Arellano were found at the encampment and taken into custody.MORE NEWS: SF Police Arrest 2 Men Who Allegedly Shot Woman Who Refused To Give Them Her Camera
Investigators also believe the two may have been responsible for starting a nearby brush fire in July.