Centralized Vision Camera Monitoring Leads to Copper Theft Arrest at Phoenix Recycling Facility

After a Centralized Vision technician noticed suspicious activity while monitoring surveillance cameras at a Phoenix recycling facility around 6 p.m. on October 27, 2012, he alerted the Phoenix Police Department about the incident. As the tech zoomed in with the security camera, he noticed the trespasser in the bottom-right corner of the screen was wearing a light-colored bandana over his face and a dark hat while he was removing copper metal from the facility.

At 6:13 p.m., Phoenix Police arrived at the facility and five officers along with a K-9 unit were allowed on the facility’s grounds to look for the suspect. As the officers and K-9 looked for the suspect on foot, camera surveillance showed a Phoenix Police helicopter shining its lights from above trying to find the suspect. At 7:14 p.m., Phoenix Police notified the Centralized Vision technician that the suspect was found and arrested.

Metal theft has become an epidemic in Arizona since the economic downturn started in 2008. Law enforcement agencies blame the trend on a combination of the unemployed seeking items to sell for cash and drug addicts looking to finance their next score. Insurance claims arising from metal thefts rose nationwide by 81 percent during the last three years compared with the number of claims filed from 2007-08, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Naked Man Caught on Video Surveillance While Trespassing at Phoenix Shopping Center

Centralized Vision’s video monitoring technician immediately alerted the Phoenix Police Department after noticing from a surveillance camera that a white male was trespassing in a fenced-off area on the property of the West Highland Shopping Center in west Phoenix during the evening on October 9.

After going behind a trash dumpster on the property, the white male proceeded to remove his clothes until he was naked and appeared to be looking at a magazine. A Phoenix Police vehicle can be seen in the background midway through the video while the male trespasser maneuvers around the trash dumpster. Phoenix Police also dispatched a helicopter to the scene as bright lights can be seen shining on the suspect while he hides behind the dumpster. The male was able to put a few items of his clothing back on and then was seen walking out of the view of the camera monitoring the scene as a police car arrives near the trash dumpster.

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