Roswell man accused in copper wiring theft

Staff Report

The Associated Press

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A Roswell man has been arrested and charged with stealing power tools and cooper wiring valued at $40,000.

Chaves County sheriff's deputies took 50-year-old Michael Robertson into custody earlier this week.

He's charged with receiving or transferring stolen property in excess of $20,000 and tampering with evidence.

Thefts of wiring from utilities and construction sites have increased sharply because of a recent spike in copper prices.

Copper thieves took 6.5 miles of copper wire from a Rail Runner Express track between Albuquerque and Santa Fe last month.

Southern New Mexico's Columbus Electric Coop in Deming, the Public Service Company of New Mexico, and farms in Roosevelt and Curry counties also have noticed recent thefts of copper.