Police have arrested a man they say was involved in a string of copper thefts that have spread throughout south Scottsdale for the last several months.
Jeffrey Allen Quick, 51, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of burglary after a Scottsdale detective recognized the description of him and his vehicle, police said.
After recognizing Quick, the detective made a traffic stop to arrest him, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
Quick is believed to be involved in an ongoing string of copper thefts where suspects have gained access to the roofs of commercial buildings throughout south Scottsdale, police said. The thieves strip the copper piping out of air-conditioning units.
Copper thieves throughout the Valley have been known to hit vacant office complexes, shopping centers and closed retail shops, police have said.
Some of the thefts have happened while unsuspecting workers believed that someone was working on the building or air-conditioning units, netting the thieves as many as seven units at a time.
Copper piping thefts have happened around the Valley since the beginning of the year because scrap yards are paying a high price for the metal, Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark has said.
Scrap copper fetches about $1.80 a pound and is in high demand because of the building boom, said David Collum of Phoenix-based Davis Salvage. Copper also is used in furniture and crafts, Collum said.
After Quick was arrested, he was identified by one or more victims through a photo lineup, according to police.