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Men arrested for stealing metal

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PASCO, Wash. - Detectives arrested two men suspected of stealing metal and steel from construction sites around the area.

Police said it has been happening all summer and police thinks the two might be responsible for break-ins to a number of sites.

Pasco Officer Macario Chavez said, "They came through the water treatment plant here in Pasco.  They cut the fence, stole some items then went next door and stole some electrical cords.  They literally pulled it out of the ground."

Police said the suspects would go to industrial areas late at night and try to get their hands on anything they can sell to make money.  Police said thousands of dollars worth of copper, stainless steel and electrical cords were stolen and sold at recycling companies in the Tri-Cities. 

Chavez said, "This is a huge problem that's been going on for months."

Detectives have been investigating the case for months. 

In the last week two sites were burglarized, ne was an industrial site off South Anisworth and another company a few miles away.  They were both in remote areas with metal all around.

Police said the thieves left tire marks and footprints.  Police said that since their arrest there have been not reports of break-ins.

Chavez said, "I was getting two or three reports a day in this area for thieves or burglaries since they were arrested I haven't gotten one. I 'm sure there's a connection."

Police ask residents to speak up if they anything out of the ordinary.  Police said this is a growing problem.  Yakima County has also recently seen similar crimes committed.