Man found hiding on rooftop after allegedly stealing copper wire

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Trevor Thomas Miller By Jennifer Thomas Trevor Thomas Miller By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe man was arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire from a utility box along U.S. 60 early Sunday morning.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., a Tempe police officer was conducting patrols near the Superstition Freeway and Rural Road when he made contact with a man later identified as Trevor Thomas Miller, 35.

According to the Tempe Police Department, Miller acted suspiciously and ran from the officer.

The officer found approximately 350 feet of copper wire lying on the ground where Miller was first seen. It appeared that the wire had been pulled from an ADOT utility box lying on the ground.

A perimeter was established and Mesa police assisted with the investigation by doing a K9 search of the area.

Miller was found lying on the roof of a home. Officers ordered Miller to come done from the roof and he was taken into custody.

An ADOT representative estimated the cost of the wire, the damage to the box and the cost of the repair to be approximately $7,000.

Miller was booked into Tempe City Jail and is facing charges of aggravated criminal damage, theft of ferrous metals, possession of burglary tools and first-degree trespass.