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Man falls through store roof allegedly trying to steal copper

Authorities identified a man Tuesday who fell through the roof of a Garden Grove supermarket as he allegedly tried to steal copper wire.

David Weatherford, 30, of Anaheim was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Monday on the 13200 block of Harbor Boulevard nearly three hours after authorities evacuated the store and found the uninjured man covered in dirt near the meat department, carrying a box of cereal, police said.

“He was trying to act like he’s a customer,” said  Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department. “They found that suspicious.”

Nightengale said Weatherford has been booked at Orange County Central Jail on suspicion of burglary and a parole violation. After detaining Weatherford, authorities said they determined he was after copper wire.

“I would love to say that it’s unusual,” Nightengale said. “But throughout 20 years that I’ve been doing this, it has not been uncommon. People will try to tunnel their way into buildings. They will hide in the roof until the business closes. It’s not that unusual.”  

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-- Matt Stevens

 
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