Palo Alto police this week arrested two men who they said broke into an East Meadow Circle business and made off with copper pipes.
Police made the arrest Sunday (Dec. 11) after spotting a vehicle occupied by two people in a rear of a closed business on East Meadow. Officers found burglary tools and numerous pieces of copper pipe in the vehicle and arrested the two men.
Officers later determined that the two men had entered the secure storage yard at Crystal Technologies, cut open a locked gate and broke into a shipping container that contained the copper pieces, police stated in a press release. Copper pipes are often stolen and resold by criminals looking to cash in on the pipes' recycle value.
The two suspects are Brandon Groover, 36, and Richard Sgambati, 33, both of San Jose. Both were booked into the San Jose Main Jail and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Groover, who is on parole for burglary, was also charged with violating his parole.