HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – Homestead PD has arrested five people accused of scheming to steal thousands of feet of underground copper wire.
Police say an officer saw people posing as construction workers and pulling up AT&T wiring from the ground.READ MORE: AAA: Florida Gas Prices On 'Rollercoaster Ride' As State Average Reaches New High For 2021
Due to previous reports, that officer watched the people for a while before requesting backup.
“All five were apprehended. Of the five, two have a prior history with Miami-Dade County – one of which was in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,” said Sgt. Fernando Morales.READ MORE: Search Of Florida Nature Preserve For Brian Laundrie, Boyfriend Of Gabby Petitio, Suspended
The five were identified as Yordan Ramirez, Ivan Perez-Garcia, Eric Gonzalez-Pando, Francisco Alberto Gutierrez and Ermes Gonzalez-Pando.
Police say the wiring has an estimated value between $10,000 and $30,000.MORE NEWS: Rabies Alert For Portion Of Weston After Fox Tests Positive
Homestead police arrested and charged all five people with felonies.