Hemet and Perris residents arrest on suspicion of stealing copper wire
Perris resident James Malagon, 35, and Hemet resident Robert Blair, 51, were arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wiring, according to a report by Sergeant Kevin Smith on the Riverside County Sheriff’s website.
Deputies at the Perris Station fielded a call from a local resident regarding suspicious activity at a vacant home in the 23000 block of Ramona Avenue in Nuevo. The caller said suspicious person were loading copper wiring into a U-Haul.
Deputies arrived as the U-Haul was leaving, but they were able to stop the vehicle and identified Malagon and Blair, according to the report.
Deputies discovered the two were in possession of over 800 pounds of copper wire and had been “stripping” its insulation shielding at the home.
The deputies determined the wire belonged to Verizon, according to the report.
Both suspects were booked in into the Southwest Detention Center for conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Anyone who has further information about this incident may contact Detective Sam Flores of the Perris Police Department by calling 951-210-1048 or emailing email@example.com.