PD: AZ copper thieves targeted home improvement stores - | WBTV Charlotte

PD: AZ copper thieves targeted home improvement stores

Calvin Clark Calvin Clark
Leah Lienhart Leah Lienhart
AVONDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Two people face shoplifting charges in connection with the thefts of copper from home improvement stores in four Valley communities, Avondale police said.

Calvin Clark, 25, of Goodyear, and Leah Lienhart, 23, of Goodyear, were arrested Thursday by the Avondale Community Action Team with the assistance of the Goodyear Police Department. They were booked on charges of felony theft, trafficking stolen property, and organized retail theft charges.

The Avondale Police Department's Community Action Team was alerted on Oct. 24 to two incidents of shoplifting of large amounts of copper that happened at the Home Depot at 1489 N. Dysart Rd. in Avondale.

Police said Clark and Lienhart had shoplifted large amounts of copper from Home Depots and Lowes stores from Phoenix, Goodyear, Peoria and Avondale. They then turned around and sold the copper for scrap at numerous metal scarp yards across the Valley.

About $4,500 in copper wire was stolen from the stores, officers said. During the past few months, the two suspects have turned in thousands of pounds of copper wire, receiving several thousand dollars in proceeds, police said.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Victims and gunmen identified in fatal shooting at a Union Co. hotel

    Victims and gunmen identified in fatal shooting at a Union Co. hotel

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:36:51 GMT
    (Fred Craft | WBTV)(Fred Craft | WBTV)

    Officials are conducting a homicide investigation after Union County police found one person dead and three others injured at a hotel. According to a report, officials say they responded to the Relax Inn on U.S. 74 around 1 a.m. Sunday morning when they located the victims of a shooting.  

    More >>

    Officials are conducting a homicide investigation after Union County police found one person dead and three others injured at a hotel. According to a report, officials say they responded to the Relax Inn on U.S. 74 around 1 a.m. Sunday morning when they located the victims of a shooting.  

    More >>
  • Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield apologizes for 'the hurt that may have been caused' from 9-11 conspiracy Facebook post

    Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield apologizes for 'the hurt that may have been caused' from 9-11 conspiracy Facebook post

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:34:31 GMT
    Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield questioned whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real in a social media post Monday, saying she is "still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane." (Charlotte Observer File Photo)Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield questioned whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real in a social media post Monday, saying she is "still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane." (Charlotte Observer File Photo)

    Charlotte City councilwoman LaWana Mayfield said on Sunday that she is not going to resign following requests for such about a post she created on Facebook questioning the authenticity of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.  

    More >>

    Charlotte City councilwoman LaWana Mayfield said on Sunday that she is not going to resign following requests for such about a post she created on Facebook questioning the authenticity of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.  

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-04-22 13:56:01 GMT

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly