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Police apprehend alleged rooftop copper thief after SWAT callout

KOB.com Web Staff
September 14, 2017 07:46 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --  An alleged rooftop copper thief caused a SWAT callout Wednesday morning before being taken into custody.

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Police say the suspect, later identified as Kenneth Paul Abeyta, 58, was seen climbing on the roof of the former Golden Corral restaurant at Central Avenue and Eubank Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, Abeyta ignored commands from officers, prompting a larger response from APD.

Tixier said Abeyta was taken into custody without incident around 5:30 a.m.

Editor's note: APD initially provided the wrong name of the suspect who was arrested. They corrected that information Wednesday evening.

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