PROVO A man arrested for repeatedly stealing copper wiring confessed to stealing in order to feed his family.
For almost two months, Lindon police have been trying to track down the culprit who has been stealing wire nearly every week from Niels Fugal Sons Co., near 750 N. Geneva Road, said Lindon Police Sgt. Doug Eastman.
The construction company even set up surveillance cameras to catch the man. They got five thefts on camera and police could identify a vehicle but not a suspect.
Tuesday morning, a manager called police to report that the man was in the lot loading wire into his truck, Eastman said.
A 32-year-old man was arrested and taken to the police station for questioning. While there, he confessed that this was his sixth time of robbing the company, for whom he had previously worked as a subcontractor, Eastman said.
He said he would load his truck with the wire, then sell it in Salt Lake City for anywhere between $800 and $1,200, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.
The actual value of the wire is more than $18,000, Eastman said.
"The sad thing about this is, I really believe this guy is just hurting for money," Eastman said. "I don't think he's a bad person. He's not the typical theft suspect. He understands that what he did was wrong, he's willing to own up to it."
The man even asked police if he could write a letter of apology to the company.
"I don't get a lot of cases like that," Eastman said.
The man was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of theft on $5,000 cash or bond bail. He bailed out later Tuesday afternoon.