Pleasanton police yesterday arrested two men on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a business in the 2100 block of Rheem Drive.
Police Sergeant Pat Walsh said officers responded to a call from a business owner of "suspicious activity" in the parking lot behind his shop, which borders on the Iron Horse Trail.
When police arrived, they found that a lock had been cut off from a large storage container, spotted the suspects and found several coils of copper wire in the rear seat of their vehicle. Expanding their search, police also located additional coils of copper wire stashed behind nearby shrubbery. The wire was identified as belonging to a local business.
John Corso, 45, of Pleasanton, and Barry Boylen, also 45, of Hayward, were arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail for burglary and possession of stolen property. A subsequent search warrant was served at Corso's home, where officers found additional stolen property.
Walsh praised the businessman for calling police, adding that his "keen observation and immediate reporting of suspicious activity" led to the arrests.
"The Pleasanton Police Department encourages citizens to help reduce crime by immediately reporting suspicious behavior," Walsh said.