- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - In a story Jan. 31 about a former Phoenix water department worker accused of stealing copper pipe, The Associated Press reported erroneously the time period over which the thefts occurred. It was several months, not several years. The story should have also made it clear that the copper was only taken from the city’s supply.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Former Phoenix worker accused of stealing copper for resale

A former Phoenix water department worker was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of taking copper tubing from the city and then selling it at a scrap yard.

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix water department worker was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of taking copper tubing from the city and then selling it at a scrap yard.

Phoenix police say they arrested 48-year-old Guadalupe Rincon for the second time about five months after they began an investigation into claims he was defrauding the city.

Police say that on August 18 Rincon picked up $26,000 worth of copper piping and sold it at a scrap yard in Glendale. He was charged with one count of theft and fired.

But police suspected the thefts took place over several months and continued an investigation that led to a grand jury indicting Rincon on Tuesday with 27 counts of theft, 27 counts of forgery and one count of fraud schemes.

Police allege he stole about $500,000 in copper.

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