Sacto 9-1-1
June 7, 2012
Bay Area men arrested; suspected of copper wire theft at Davis PG&E yard

Two Bay Area men have been arrested and a third suspect is being sought in connection with the theft of copper wire from a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. yard in Davis early this morning.

Davis police officers were dispatched to a report of a possible theft about 4 a.m. The caller reported seeing three people stealing items from the PG&E yard and loading the items into a sedan, according to a Police Department news release.

When officers arrived, they saw a pickup leaving the area. The truck was occupied by Alejandro Rojas, 37, of Concord and Michael Golden, 45, of Albany. As officers pulled the truck over, Golden attempted to run away but was quickly apprehended, officials said. Inside the truck, officers found spools of copper wire and bolt cutters.

Golden and Rojas were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft, and were booked into Yolo County Jail. Police said a third suspect remains at large.

During a further check of the area, officers found a red four-door Dodge Avenger stopped next to the PG&E fence. A portion of the fence had been cut close to where the sedan was parked. Inside the car, officers found copper wire that had been taken from inside the yard. Police said the Avenger appeared to be a rental car from the San Francisco Bay Area.

This was third break-in at the PG&E yard over the last month, police said. On May 18, the fence was cut to the PG&E yard and to a city of Davis yard. Tools along with a city vehicle were stolen at that time. Alan Ross, 36, of Sacramento was subsequently arrested.

Another break-in occurred Sunday. Police said someone cut a hole in the fence at the PG&E yard but fled before police arrived. That case remains unsolved.

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