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PD: Man stealing copper wire causes power outage to Mesa's Riverview park

Posted: 12:22 PM, Dec 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-08 19:22:04Z

A man is accused of stealing copper wires which caused a power outage at Mesa's Riverview Park.

Mesa Police report that on Dec. 1 a man, later identified as 40-year-old Jeremy William Snyder, was seen removing copper wire from lights near Dobson Road and Rio Salado Parkway.

Police say Snyder broke open a concrete junction box and was using a "ratcheting pulley" to pull the copper from the conduit. He severed several wires cutting power to the park from Loop 101 to Dobson Road. 

Police say he caused about $12,000 in damage. 

Snyder fled from police on a bicycle but was soon captured. He's been charged with multiple crimes including criminal damage and theft