Cops catch copper thief in old Seattle Times building

The Seattle Times

A copper thief skulking around the former headquarters of The Seattle Times was busted Saturday morning after workers at soup restaurant in the building complained their water had mysteriously shut off, John de Leon writes for The Seattle Times.

The culprit? A man with "crescent wrench, pipe cutter, pliers, wire snips, a utility knife, two flashlights and a set of keys" who was "gathering up a pile of copper pipes" underneath the restaurant, according to The Seattle Times. The man was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary.

The Seattle Times sold its longtime headquarters on 1120 John St. in 2013 for $29 million. The staff has occupied an office building at 1000 Denny Way since 2011.

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