Two Arrested in Copper Wiring Theft at A&M Construction Site

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COLLEGE STATION Two men are facing theft charges after Texas A&M University Police discovered they were stealing copper from a construction work site.

28-year-old Alex Cisneros Cortez, of Austin, and 35-year-old Eleazar Hernandez Martinez, of Leander, were arrested Wednesday after officers found 750 lbs. of copper wiring in the back of their cars. According to the arrest report, Martinez told officers that he gave Cortez the keys to his 2005 Honda Civic so he could put the spools of copper in the trunk. More cables and spools were found in the trunk of Cortez's 1999 Toyota Corrola. Martinez told police that Cortez and a man named Luis Joaquin loaded the copper in the cars.

According to officers, Martinez and Cortez were going to sell the copper and split the money. The copper wiring in both vehicles weighed approximately 750 lbs. It was valued at $1,800.

Both Matinez and Cortez are being charged with Theft of Material, less than $20,000. They are in the Brazos County Jail with U.S. Immigration holds. Their bonds are set at $5,000 each.