SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CHAPARRAL METAL THEFT

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CHAPARRAL METAL THEFT

              A Chaparral man wanted on charges of allegedly stealing scrap metal and vehicle parts was arrested over the weekend.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Lorenzo Cano in the 100 block of East Lisa in Chaparral on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

             On Dec. 20, 2013, a sheriff’s deputy noticed a group of men standing near a pickup truck loaded with scrap metal. After making contact with the men, the deputy determined the scrap metal and various vehicle parts did not belong to any of the individuals.

            During a subsequent investigation, Cano admitted to stealing the metal after climbing a six-foot tall chain link fence into the neighboring property. Cano told deputies he intended to take the scrap metal to a recycling plant to exchange for cash.

            Deputies in Chaparral have seen a spike in the number of metal theft cases in recent months and are trying to determine if Cano is connected to any of those investigations.

            Cano was transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center on one count of non-residential burglary. He’s being held on a $5,000 secured bond.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302 or after hours at (575) 635-7168.