Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:27 PM by Andy Liscano
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 6:46 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - According to a police report, 31-year-old John Lewis and 38-year-old Charles Carter had an estimated 900 feet of copper wiring in their trucks when police caught them around one o'clock this morning at Bill Whitt Park on Yorktown Bouelvard.
The report says the officer who made the arrest found drag marks from several manhole covers in the park.
Clint Wyatt, Corpus Christi Parks Operations Supervisor, confirmed this is one of 4 locations vandalized at the park. But he wouldn't put a dollar amount on total damage done. "We're still in contact with PD and the leagues to try to determine exactly what damage was sustained," he said by phone.
As far as the impact the vandalism will have on games to be played under the lights at the fields, Wyatt said "really hard to say right now seeing as we haven't heard back from, as far as I know yet, from our league."
Lewis and Carter were charged with theft of metal and violation of park curfew. Lewis also had a warrant for burglary of a vehicle. Both of their trucks were impounded according to police.
Police seized the wiring and will return it to Parks and Recreation.
The theft of metal charge is a state jail felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
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