Man, 38, arrested on copper wire theft charges; accomplice at large

Another suspect ran off and avoided detection by a K-9

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) A 38-year-old Fort Wayne man was arrested early Saturday on allegations he stole copper wire from an AEP facility in New Haven.

Police were called around 1:15 a.m. Saturday to the AEP facility located at 3500 Landin Road on a report of a theft in progress. Security officers on the scene reported that two people were inside a fenced-in area cutting copper wire, according to a report.

Calif A. Kelsaw
Calif A. Kelsaw

New Haven police arrived to see one of the suspect run south from the business and escape a K-9 track.

The other suspect, though, was found inside the fenced-in area. Calif A Kelsaw, 38, of Fort Wayne was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

At the scene, police found a pair of bolt cutters and pieces of copper wire that had been cut off of the large spools of wire.

Police are still working to identity the second suspect.

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