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Chico Police Arrest Copper Theft Kingpin

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Updated: 11/18/2013 5:25 pm

Chico Police have put a stop to a series of costly copper thefts.

46-year-old John Timothy McCrary was arrested late Saturday night for stealing copper from air conditioning units near Philadelphia Drive in the Philadephia Square apartment complex. 

In the past year there has been more than 200 reported copper thefts in Chico and police say McCrary was responsible for 75 percent of those crimes.

Air conditioning insiders say they are pleased McCrary was arrested but they don’t believe that will stop Chico’s copper theft problem.

I don't think he's working alone” said Scott Eitel of McClelland Air Conditioning. “I think other people are going to step up and fill the void; but I’m glad they got him off the street.”

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