Man arrested in Broward copper wire thefts

A man was arrested this week for stealing the copper wiring from light poles, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Police say Lee Andrew Howard, 54, of Miami, was spotted by the Traffic Management Center on the northbound Interstate 95 exit ramp to Stirling Road on Monday. His car was recognized as being involved in previous copper wire thefts, according to police.

When troopers arrived, Howard was sitting at the base of the light pole, with wire in his hands and wire cutters, wire and a black glove on the ground in front of him, according to a news release.

Howard faces charges of theft of copper wire, grand theft, tampering with utility equipment and possession of burglary tools.

Byron Clark Bowers, who was with Howard, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for the theft of copper wire.

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