Copper theft zaps park lights
An out-of-state couple was in custody Tuesday morning in connection with alleged copper wiring theft from Tonganoxie’s Chieftain Park.
The boyfriend and girlfriend — a 32-year-old Lakeland, Minn., man and a 22-year-old Henderson, Nev., woman — were taken into custody by Tonganoxie police and subsequently arrested on several charges, according to Leavenworth County undersheriff Ron Cranor. The man also initially gave authorities a bogus name.
After being booked at the Tonganoxie Police Department, they were taken to Leavenworth County Jail, Cranor said. Tonganoxie police made a traffic stop of the couple’s car about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday regarding a suspicious vehicle at Chieftain Park, reports said.
The vehicle, stopped at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Northstar Drive, roughly a block and a half from the park, matched the description called into authorities 25 minutes earlier.
The traffic stop came a few days after police had received a report Friday about copper wiring being taken from underground lines at the park. That damage left all lights at the park’s soccer field, as well as some lights on the walking trail, inoperable, Tonganoxie police Lt. Billy Adcox said.
According to Adcox, police investigations uncovered evidence Tuesday linking the couple to the theft. He also noted that the investigation was ongoing.
The man was booked on police charges of felony theft, possession of stolen property, criminal damage to property and no driver’s license. After being taken to jail, authorities later determined the man had given a false name. Obstruction of process and identification theft were added to the arrest list, Cranor said.
The woman was arrested for theft, possession of stolen property and criminal damage to property.
Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County attorney, said late Tuesday afternoon that he anticipated police submitting the case to his office in the coming days.