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Jan 17, 2012 8:35 PM by Matt Stafford

Copper thefts cause $250k in damage to rail system

DENVER (AP) - Two Colorado brothers are accused of stealing more than $96,000 worth of overhead copper wiring from two light rail construction sites.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the thefts caused $250,000 damage to the RTD FasTracks system under construction in Jefferson County.

Steven Reynolds and Frankie Reynolds of Englewood were being held in Jefferson County Jail. Steven Reynolds faced charges of theft by receiving, and his brother faced felony charges of criminal mischief and theft.

Investigators said about 7,000 feet of copper wire was stolen from one RTD site and another 150 feet from a second, causing I-beams supporting the overhead wires to bend.

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