Redding police say someone attempting to steal copper pipe and wiring caused natural gas and water leaks in a vacant building early this morning.
A citizen flagged down a police officer about 4:16 a.m. to report a large amount of water leaking from the former Ace Automotive building at 2150 East Street in downtown Redding.
The officer found the front glass door of the business was broken out and a strong odor of natural gas was coming from inside the building.
The Redding Fire Department and a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. technician were summoned, and East Street was closed between Pine and Locust streets as a precaution, according to a Police Department news release.
Firefighters turned off the gas flow to the building, and the main roll-up doors were opened to allow the gas to vent.
Investigators determined that someone had attempted to steal cooper pipe and wiring. A water line had been cut near the restroom, causing the building to flood. Officials said it also appeared that a gas line was cut inside the building.