Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:17 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 6:46 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A couple of men first stopped by a Corpus Christi police officer for violating the curfew at Bill Witt Park on Yorktown Boulevard are now charged with theft of metal.
Police say 31-year-old John Lewis and 38-year-old Charles Carter were standing next to two pickup trucks at the park just after midnight today.
The officer noticed as much as 900 feet of copper wiring in the beds of the trucks. Nearby there were drag marks leading from manhole covers to the trucks.
Lewis is charged with violation of park curfew, theft of metal and for an outstanding auto burglary warrant. Lewis has had numerous run-ins with police, including credit card fraud charges in July 2011.
Carter is charged with violation of park curfew and theft of wire. Both of the trucks were impounded by police.
There's no word yet on how the copper wiring theft will impact operations at the park that features lighting for multiple sports fields.
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