Men accused of stealing wire from cell tower site in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA — Deputies caught two men in the act of stealing wiring from an AT&T cell tower site early Friday, officials said.
William Price and Sean Sheets, both 33 and of Downey, were booked on suspicion of burglary and possession of burglary tools following their arrests shortly after 3 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said.
The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station received a call reporting a burglary in progress at the cell tower site, comprised of a cell tower and a building housing electrical equipment, the lieutenant said.
Deputies arrived to find a gate surrounding the facility had been forced open.
They entered the building and found two men — later identified as Price and Sheets — lying on the floor, Smith said.
The men told deputies they had been accidentally locked inside the building, he said. But deputies found several locked metal boxes had been ripped open and wiring pulled out, along with bolt cutters and a portable reciprocating saw.
Officials had not yet obtained an estimate of the value of the damage from AT&T Friday morning, Smith said.
Price and Sheets were being held ion lieu of $40,000 bail each pending their scheduled arraignments Tuesday in Downey Superior Court, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.

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