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Suspected Copper Piping Thieves Arrested

One suspect is on parole for burglary

Two men were arrested Sunday in Palo Alto during an attempt to break into a commercial building and steal copper piping.

Police found Brandon Groover, 36, and Richard Sgambati, 33, both San Jose residents, in a car loaded with piping behind at 1057 East Meadow Circle, according to police.

Investigating officers discovered that the two suspects had broken into the company's storage yard by cutting a through a locked fence and then broke into a large container that housed the copper piping. Groover and Sgambati were also carrying burglary tools, according to police.

Both suspects were each booked into the San Jose Main Jail on two felony counts of possessing stolen property and possessing burglary tools. Groover, who is on active parole in Santa Clara County for burglary, was also booked on a felony parole violation, according to police.

Police could not be reached to discuss the amount of copper piping the suspects had, but thieves usually turn the material into recycling facilities for cash, police said.

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