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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 11:05 pm

Correction: The defendant is a renter at the tire shop who helps fix vehicles, not an employee. Also, the theft was reported by the manager, not the owner.

FAIRBANKS — A worker at a South Fairbanks tire shop is accused of using a boom truck to steal more than $1,700 in copper wiring from a neighboring business.

The manager of Phelps Tire reported a possible theft Sept. 5, according a criminal complaint filed in court last week. He told Alaska State Troopers he came to work to find his employee, Jon R. Sanchez, with copper wire spread across the floor of the shop. About a third of it was stripped from its flexible metal casing.

The shop manager told Sanchez to clean up the mess. He said Sanchez loaded the copper into a trailer and drove away, leaving five empty reels behind a Dumpster.

The supply handler at Fullford Electric confirmed the wire belonged to Fullford Electric, which has a supply yard that shares a back fence with Phelps Tire. He said did not know how much wire four of the reels had, but said one of the reels had 260 feet of three-conductor #2AWG MC cable, which is worth $1,729.

A $10,000 warrant for Sanchez’ arrest was issued Saturday.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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