A Newark man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of stealing a city-owned spool of copper wire from a work site in Benicia, police said. Daniel Reeves, 37, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. after a police officer on patrol at the Benicia Industrial Park noticed a large spool of copper cable in the bed of a GMC pickup truck, police said.
Police were aware that metal thefts had been occurring in the area, and the officer followed the pickup truck as it took the Bayshore Road on-ramp onto southbound Interstate Highway 680, according to police. The truck continued south on I-680 onto the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, and police eventually pulled over the pickup in the city of Martinez.
Upon questioning, Reeves, who was driving the truck, admitted to stealing the spool of copper, which was clearly marked as property of the city of Benicia, police said. Officers also found a pair of bolt cutters and wire cutters in the truck. The spool of wire is valued at about $1,000. Police arrested Reeves for possession of stolen property and grand theft, police said. He was booked into Solano County Jail.
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