A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft of copper wire from PG&E’s construction yard in Templeton, sheriff’s spokesperson Tony Cipolla said.
On Wednesday at 10:45 a.m., San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Christian Lindemuth, 42, of Atascadero.
Lindemuth was spotted loading items into a storage facility and was taken into custody. Lindemuth confessed to stealing the copper wire and selling it to local recycling centers, according to the Sheriff's Office.
PG&E estimated the loss to be more than $5,000. Deputies recovered 360 pounds of copper wire.
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Lindemuth was booked into County Jail on three felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of receiving stolen property and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.