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Wire thief suspect caught on video

Suspect Kenneth Wood is Dutch Flat resident
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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A Dutch Flat man was arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire early Saturday morning after a ?tip? to the Placer County Sheriff?s Office from a remote video surveillance camera system. According to Sgt. Brian Whigam, with the Sheriff?s property crimes investigations, at 4 a.m. May 19 a video camera alert was received that a suspect was on site and stealing copper wire off Secret Town Road, east of Colfax. Responding deputies ?observed the suspect leaving the area. The patrol officer made a stop and discovered that the suspect was in the possession of fresh cut copper wire,? Whigam said. ?It was identified as being the copper wire that was taken from the Secret Town Road site.? Kenneth Wood, 55, was arrested on site and was released on bail Wednesday morning, Whigam said. Wigham said two Videofied System cameras had been set up just one week ago in the area where theft has occurred previously. The system uses wireless technology to allow the video to be viewed as the activity is occurring. Ellen Rodrigues represents Star Interactive Security Solutions, which is working with MACE, the company that monitors the alarm system and made the Videofied System loan to the Placer County Sheriff?s Department. ?We knew that law enforcement and firefighting agencies, particularly in California, were having severe budget concerns, and that they could not and purchase cutting edge technology on a whim,? Rodrigues said. The alarm monitoring station ? which didn?t require trenching, laying cable or a phone line ? dispatches to 9-1-1 when a crime is in progress and provides a description of what is being viewed. Public agencies can find out about the Videofied System loaner program by calling Rodrigues at (940) 231-6342.