HENDERSON, Nev. – With their alibi of ‘just out for a bike ride’ not really holding up and caught with bundles of copper wire, two Henderson men were arrested Sunday in connection with pulling wire from two light poles at a trail head.
Brent E. Martin, 34, and Devin A. Mann, 24, were booked into the Henderson Detention Center Sunday on felony theft of scrap metal charges along with possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit theft of scrap metal charges.
Officers were conducting patrols early Sunday in the area of the Paseo Verde Trailhead located at 804 Paseo Verde Parkway near Horizon Ridge Parkway after finding the lights in the area had been prepared for copper wire theft. A citizen told police a white or light-colored sedan with two bikes on the truck was seen leaving the area earlier in the week.
A car with a bike rack and two bikes seen leaving the area of the trailhead quickly was located and stopped about 4:50 a.m. Sunday. Inside the car an officer saw various tools and copper wire in plain sight. The driver, Martin, and passenger, Mann, said they were in the area for a bike ride. That explanation didn’t seem very possible as both bikes were in very poor condition with one appearing to be a child size BMX-type bike and the other not a trail-type bike.
Thieves often target street lights, communication towers and construction sites. In recent years, thieves have targeted foreclosed homes and air conditioning units. The FBI has called copper theft “a threat to public safety and to U.S. critical infrastructure.”
Individually copper thefts are small, but taken as a whole, copper thefts present an issue for every community.
-- Henderson News Release