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Suspected Copper Thieves Nailed in Theft Near Rosemont

Officers were called to the 9900 block of Horn Road about 4 a.m. Friday to investigate reports of two men on the roof of a business, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

This article was modified at 2:14 p.m. Feb. 22, 2013 to include a quote from a sergeant.

Two men suspected of stealing copper wire from several businesses just east of Rosemont were behind bars Friday, police said.

Police out of the sheriff's department's Rancho Cordova station were called to the 9900 block of Horn Road about 4 a.m. to investigate reports of two men being on the roof of a business, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies arrived to find men identified as John Whitlock, 30 and Casey Solano, 24, trying to run from the scene, Ramos reported.

They were caught and arrested and booked into the county jail, where they were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Deputies recovered one bag containing copper, and tools investigators believe were used to commit the theft.

Investigators also determined that a number of rooftop air conditioning units belonging to businesses in the area had been targeted and cannibalized for copper parts.

"They basically vandalized and dismantled several A/C units, ripping out copper wiring and components," Ramos told Patch.

A business owner estimated that tens of thousands of dollars damage was done to the units, Ramos said.

Whitlock was booked on suspicion of grand theft of copper material, criminal conspiracy and a violation of probation.

Solano was booked on suspicion of the same, as well as possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Court appearance dates were not immediately available.

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