A man police say was stealing copper wiring from the phone lines of an abandoned call reservation center at the Salt Lake City International Airport was arrested Monday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m. an airport police officer noticed a truck parked in front of the old Continental reservation center, said airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann. The building is vacant.

"There's no reason for someone to be there," she said.

As the officer investigated, he found the door was open. The officer entered and spotted a man inside. The man saw the officer and ran, Gann said.

Law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions were called to assist. They set up a containment of the area and caught the man a short time later, she said. The man was being interviewed by police Monday afternoon.

The price of copper wire has been so high that thefts involving copper products have remained steady around the state for at least a year-and-a-half. Thieves take any copper they can find and sell it to a metal scrap yard.