Accused copper theft faces charges

4:55 PM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The man who is accused of stealing copper from a construction site in St. Paul was charged with five criminal counts Thursday - four counts of criminal damage to property and one count of possession of burglary or theft tools.

Sixty-year-old Brian John Peterson is suspected of stealing copper wires from a Light Rail Transit construction site along the central corridor in St. Paul.

Police arrested Peterson near the site of the theft at University Avenue and Berry Street.

A superintendent with the electric company installing the copper wiring told police the actual value of the wire taken was between $200 and $300, however the repair to each damaged wiring site is at least $5,000.

Authorities say police found four sites areas along the light rail system where exposed copper had been cut.

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