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Vegas PD: 6 arrested for copper thefts at Spaghetti Bowl interchange

Nevada seeing a rise in copper wire theft
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Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 02:46:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police report they have arrested a group of six connected to copper thefts from the Spaghetti Bowl interchange near the downtown area this week.

Detectives were investigating a recent string of copper thefts from light poles earlier this month and were conducting a follow-up investigation on Thanksgiving Day at a home in the 200 block of West Philadelphia Avenue, near Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Louis Avenue.

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Authorities say they located 6,290 pounds of copper wire, as well as a U-Haul truck used to transport the stolen wire on Thursday. Detectives also seized $2,386 believed to be sale money from the cables.

Officers arrested 29-year-old Rio Hunt, 51-year-old Timothy Grassmyer, 42-year-old Katherine Cole, 58-year-old Michael Fox, 55-year-old Keith Schwingdorf, and 54-year-old William Ralston.

Ralston’s booking photo was not immediately available, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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The group is facing the following charges:

- Injury to Property of Another
-Theft of Scrap Metal or Utility Property
-Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Scrap Metal or Utility Property

The Nevada Department of Transportation said crews on Nov. 18 were working on getting the lights back on in the Spaghetti Bowl after the thefts with repairs totaling about $140,000.

Anyone with further information on this incident was urged to contact LVMPD or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.