SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A routine traffic stop turned into something much more when officers discovered thousands of dollars of stolen copper in the back of a van in Sacramento.  And the suspects may be connected to  multiple copper thefts.

Officers got a call around midnight reporting some suspicious activity in the area of Lathrop and Commerce Way.  When officers arrived, they spotted a minivan and pulled the driver over.

The officers discovered piles of stolen copper wire and pipe in the back of the van.

Police arrested two men, 36-year-old Richard Patino and 46-year-old Robert Wynne.

One of the business owners hit by the thieves said they did thousands of dollars in damage to his building on Commerce Circle in the process of ripping off all that copper.

Officers returned the copper back to the businesses.

Comments (5)
  1. denise says:

    Another meth addict on the lose.

  2. linda says:

    hide your kids hide your wife ha ha

  3. Sheanna says:

    Sacramento has made a lot of good people have to resort to bad things to get by! The all night hustle just to survive is the only thing they are guilty of. Yes, they could have chosen a different path but they didn’t. they aren’t hostile. with regards to kids and wives that comment is just ridiculous. Rob is a good man that walked down the wrong path! Who’s place is it to judge? Nobody knows exactly what lengths they would take to provide for their family with little other option!

    1. stacey says:

      Provide for their family with little other option? Really? How about getting a job? I happen to work at a business that has been hit twice by copper thieves, the resulting damage cost thousands of dollars to repair. Sacramento doesn’t force people to commit crimes that is one of the most ignorant statements I have ever read. Sorry your buddy isn’t a good man, he’s a man who has stolen from people who get up every day and work for a living. Somehow I doubt you would be all that sympathetic if it was your home or business that was vandalized costing you thousands of dollars to repair!!

  4. noname says:

    No the all night hustle is not all they are guilty of. They are thieves,plain and simple.I know Rob and he is not out providing for his family.He is a meth head and is only interested in getting high.So nice try trying to justify his actions.He was this way long before the economy went bad.

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