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Investigation wraps up copper wire theft

Posted: Friday, Sep 13th, 2013

ALAMOSA — On July 31 Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant James McCloskey started an investigation of copper wire theft at Farming Technologies which is located in Alamosa County. Excellent evidence was left at the crime scene — tire tracks, shoe prints, and distinct tool impressions.

Two male suspects drove onto farm property near a potato seed storage building where potato equipment, which is operated by electrical power, was damaged and electrical cords were stolen. The equipment has high voltage copper extension cord valued at $8 to $10 per foot and the connectors are valued at $500 each. Most of the cords range between 100 feet in length to 200 feet. The two suspects cut the cords off the equipment with a set of shears leaving the farm with a loss over $7,000.

The investigations lead Lieutenant McCloskey into Rio Grande and Saguache Counties in pursuit of the two suspects. Price Farms located in Saguache County was also hit the same night. Over a span of several month Price Farms had been victimize a total of three times for an approximant loss amount exceeding $30,000.

Further investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed at a residence in Center, the home of Julian J. Duran, age 35. The suspect vehicle was located and a large amount of burned copper wire and connectors was recovered.

For the complete article see the 09-14-2013 issue.

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