Sixteen city employees have been charged with stealing copper, because hey, it was there for the taking, we guess.
Seven have been arrested so far, HPD says.
Investigators got a tip that the workers were selling copper to Latino's Scrap Yard in the 300 block of East Mount Houston. They set up surveillance and saw a City of Houston truck pull up with two employees who unloaded "several pounds of copper and brass from the truck for the purpose of selling it to the scrap yard."
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Material was taken from at least four city sites since January, investigators say.
The names, from HPD:
The following seven suspects are in custody and charged with felony theft by a public servant: Charles Bernard Davis (b/m, DOB: 10-12-58), Braulio Arroyo (H/m, DOB: 8-29-46), Frank Jerome Johnson (b/m, DOB: 2-12-79), Raymond Esparza (H/m, DOB: 10-28-51), Quincy Jones (b/m, DOB: 10-11-72) Bobby Earl Price (b/m, DOB: 4-22-86) and Arthur Samuel (b/m, DOB: 5-5-68).
Two other suspects, Terry Whiting (b/m, DOB: 12-20-65) and Robert Fitzgerald White (b/m, DOB: 8-19-68) are charged with felony theft by a public servant and have turned themselves in and posted bond. Two additional suspects, Seferino Rios (H/m, DOB: 4-23-67) and Stephen Segundo (H/m, DOB: 10-28-69). are also charged with felony theft by a public servant and remain at large, but are expected to turn themselves in.