Police arrest man over copper theft at Enfield, South Australia

A Tea Tree Gully man has been arrest for theft of copper cable following a crash at Enfield overnight.

Just before 4.00am on Friday 21 February, Holden Hill patrols responded to a reports of a collision on Smart Road at St Agnes where car had hit a gas meter and a fence.

On arrival patrols arrival the car had left the scene, but they identified scrape marks on the road which left the scene.

The patrols followed the marks on the road leading them to a Tea Tree Gully address, where they located a 100m length of copper wire weighing approximately 500kgs on the road.

Further investigations with the assistance of police dogs Bandit and Havoc, led investigating officers to a house nearby, where they located a vehicle linked to the crash scene.

Police will allege that the male suspect had stolen the copper cable by towing it with his vehicle. The long length of the cable dragging behind the vehicle has subsequently caused the damage to the fence and gas meter. The cable had then become tangled where it was left behind.

Investigations are ongoing in regards to the owner of the cabling and where it had been taken from.

The 36-year-man from Tea Tree Gully was arrested for theft and fail to stop after a crash. He has been refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

The man’s vehicle was seized for forensic examination, anyone wit information on the incident or the copper cabling is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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