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.