Man stole 306 lbs. of copper wire, cops say
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM – A man caught pulling copper wire from utility poles near the airport was arrested Friday, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
James A. Bull, 54, of Denver, was coiling the wire, worth about $1,000, on spools and putting it in a truck when a deputy checking on a report of suspicious activity asked him what he was doing, the sheriff’s office says.
Bull said he was a contractor and was supposed to gather wire and poles in the area west to Glenwood Canyon, the sheriff’s office says.
The wire and poles belonged to Union Pacific Railroad. A check with the company proved the man’s story false, the sheriff’s office says.
Two men with Bull were not charged with a crime because they he had recruited by them and didn’t realize what they were doing was illegal, the sheriff’s office says.
Bull was charged with felony theft and booked into the Eagle County jail on $7,500 bond, the sheriff’s office says.