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Alarm alerts farmer to copper thief

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Sedgwick, Kan. -- An alarm connected to an irrigation system lead to the arrest of a copper thief.

It happened February 26, near 10700 W. 125th St. North, about 6 miles west of Sedgwick. Lt. David Mattingly with the Sedgwick county Sheriff's office says an employee of a farmer received an alarm that a central pivot irrigation system was being tampered with.

When he went to investigate, he found a man hiding in a ditch on his property. The employee followed the suspect as he left in a pickup truck.

Speaking with 911 dispatch, the employee was able to aid deputies in locating the suspect. Deputies found several sections of wire cut from the irrigation system.

The suspect was booked into jail for criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.


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