FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — A man authorities believe stripped metal wiring is wanted by Forest Grove police and may be connected to other cases.
In surveillance video released on Twitter Thursday, the man is seen bouncing on top of a bag in an apparent effort to get all the stripped wiring inside, police told KOIN 6 News.
The video was taken by cameras at a new event center currently under construction and noticed by the owners, whose reactions to the theft were, perhaps, not what one would expect.
“I was laughing, I thought it was hilarious,” said Jon Cirlincione, owner of Ridgewalker Brewing Events Center. “The video is pretty comical. There are easier ways to steal things and he was doing it the hardest way possible.”
Cameras captured the man riding his bike around to the back of the building where he tried to stuff a duffel bag with the electrical scrap wire.
“So he grabbed a bunch of wire from our pile there, hid behind the trash cans, couldn’t stuff it all into his bag,” said Cirlincione.
The thief apparently couldn’t fit all of the wire into his bag — but he came prepared. Kind of. He brought a second bag but left it behind when he rode away.
“We’re grasping he’s not a mastermind here,” said Forest Grove Police Department Sgt. Matthew Smith.
In total, the thief got away with copper and aluminum wire worth an estimated $400, officials said.
Forest Grove police said the man looked familiar but they don’t know who it was. They tweeted out the surveillance video and officers told KOIN 6 News they have received a number of tips.
“This individual did go into a business lot with a duffel bag, load up with copper wire, couldn’t’ fit it all but didn’t realize he was captured on camera doing it,” said Smith.
“I don’t know why he didn’t read the signs, we have them everywhere,” added Cirlincione.
The man has not yet been identified. Anyone with information is asked to call Forest Grove police at 503.992.3260.