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March 29, 2007

Police arrest 2 after investigation of materials theft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Police on Wednesday (March 28) arrested two people following the investigation of the theft of more than $23,000 worth of copper wire from construction storage areas on campus during the past week.

Michael T. Lowry, 42, and Gary L. Bregard, 46, both of Lafayette, face preliminary charges in connection with the theft, said Purdue police Lt. Fred Davis. Both were taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where they were being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

In both of the thefts, insulated copper wire was taken from a construction storage area near the Physical Facilities Storage Building. According to police, the value of the stolen wire was in excess of $23,000.

"Both men were union electricians and had links to the two companies that were targeted," Davis said. "Because of this, they may have known where the companies stored their supplies on campus after hours. They also may be linked to additional thefts."

During the course of the investigation, colored plastic wire insulation that had been stripped from wire was discovered in the dumpster at a restaurant, Davis said. According to reports, it was then linked to insulation found in a motel room rented to the men and wire later sold to a scrap metal business by the Lowry and Bregard.

Theft is a Class D felony and is punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source:    Lt. Fred Davis, (765) 494-8221

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