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Two men swipe $800 worth of copper wiring

Updated: May 22, 2013 2:42AM

Two junkers pulled off a daring daytime theft of copper wiring, and were almost caught by the homeowner and his dog as the thieves fled the property in unincorporated Mundelein.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert to other police agencies Thursday afternoon to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet pickup truck with two Hispanic males inside. The two men went down a long driveway of a home in the 25000 block of North Gilmer Road around 1:15 p.m. and grabbed some copper wiring the homeowner was going to recycle. The pair then threw the wiring into the bed of the truck that already had other recyclable material inside and fled.

The homeowner had just walked outside to go to his workshop on the back of the property with his dog when he saw the men and started chasing them. Sheriff’s deputies believe the men may have used a paving company’s parking lot nearby to survey the homeowner’s property before venturing down the long driveway.

The copper was valued at $800.

Lake County Sheriff ‘s Sgt. Sara Balmes said Friday that as the weather gets warmer, homeowners should be aware that thieves are starting to make their rounds.

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