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Jul 11, 2014 9:23 PM by Lupita Murillo

N4T CrimeTrackers: PCSD disconnects copper thieves in Three Points

TUCSON - Phone service interruptions in Three Points lead Sheriff's detectives to an interesting find.

Detectives say phone lines there were disconnected by copper thieves. Detective John McClendon says the thieves made about $500.00 but CenturyLink had to spend $25,000 to replace the lines.

Nadia Keiser told News 4 CrimeTrackers, “It’s been frustrating.” For three months, Keiser and other residents have had issues. “Missing doctor's appointments, missing phone calls, missing people, missing business calls that I need to have. “ On Tuesday, the issues were resolved.

Pima County Sheriff's burglary detectives arrested 40-year-old Tony Smith, and 48-year-old Christopher Field. Detective McClendon said, “After they were apprehended at the scrap yard as they were conducting another transaction, they were taken to the Pima County Jail.”

Detective McClendon adds, they are looking for 57-year-old Tanya Anderson. The charges include trafficking in stolen property and theft over $25,000. Detectives served a search warrant and found bolt cutters and more copper wiring. “This particular copper was copper that is very unique to that area."

In four days investigators wrapped up the case. Detective McClendon credits the San Xavier Directed Patrol Unit, CenturyLink, and the Burglary unit with solving the crime. He has a message for thieves. “There's always somebody watching, somebody with video, photographs, and eventually they are going to get caught.”

Based on the charges and the amount of copper that was stolen, if convicted the three suspects may be looking at time in prison.

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