Man arrested for $6,500 copper theft in Shawnee

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SHAWNEE, Kan. — Police have arrested a man in connection with copper found stolen from light poles in a Kansas neighborhood.

Shawnee, Kan., police say the copper was stolen in the 20300 block of W. 80th St., near Woodland Drive and 83rd Street around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Believing the person wanted for stealing the copper would come back, police kept an eye on the area. Just before 8 p.m., police say they saw a man tampering with a light pole. He stopped and question by police and was later arrested in connection with the copper thefts.

Police estimate $6,500 worth of damage between the stolen copper and power poles.

The man’s name has not been released.

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