Two arrested in Merced Co suspected of metal theft

FRESNO, Calif.

Deputies say they caught Burgiss Brown and Timothy Beres with 300 feet of copper wire and bolt cutters in the back of their truck. Investigators believe the men stole the wire from five agriculture pumps in the area of Highway 140 and Tina Avenue near Merced.

Their arrests bring the total to ten for the weeklong operation targeting copper thieves.

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