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Fair Oaks Elementary Without Air Conditioning After Being Hit By Copper Thieves

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CARMICHAEL (CBS13) – Several suspects have been arrested in Carmichael for allegedly stealing hundreds of feet of copper wiring from a nearby Fair Oaks elementary school.

Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies say thieves hit Dewey Elementary School around 4:00 this morning taking hundreds of feet of copper wiring worth about $5,000.

Later, deputies got a call from someone at an apartment complex on Whitney and Mission Avenues saying several people were unloading spools of wire into their apartment.

Deputies knocked on the door of the apartment and talked to one of the suspects who, deputies say, eventually confessed to taking the wire from Dewey Elementary school.

When deputies searched the apartment, they found one suspect underneath a bed with some of the six-hundred feet of wiring. They found more of the stolen copper wiring in a bathtub along with some bolt cutters and other tools.

Two people who lived in the apartment were arrested. A third suspect has been identified.

Two other people who also lived in the apartment were detained in handcuffs for a short while until deputies determined they had nothing to do with the crime.

“I think that theyt have some maturing to do,” one man told CBS13 about his roommates. “Crime never pays.”

Officials from Dewey Elementary school actually came to the apartment complex to recover the stolen copper wiring and will try to salvage it.

However, students and staff at the school will have to suffer through today’s high temperatures without air conditioning.

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