Copper wire thief caught at new Fresno City College West Fresno campus

The thief caused thousands of dollars of damage at the brand new college.

A thief struck at the brand new Fresno City College West Fresno Campus in recent weeks, stealing a significant amount of copper wire. 

The State Center Community College District (SCCCD) Police Department arrested the thief last Friday, the district announced on Tuesday. 


The big picture: SCCCD announced that the suspect is Joshua Ray Deen, 42, who is accused of stealing copper wire at the new school, causing thousands of dollars in damage. 

  • The theft also impacted parking lot lighting and lighting alongside walking trails and bike paths. 
  • SCCCD Sergeants Glenn Gardner and Michael Allison developed a plan to catch Deen. 
  • A team of SCCCD police officers went undercover on the campus at night and used a forward-looking infrared device to allow them to see movement on campus in the dark. 
  • While undercover, the officers found Deen committing copper wire theft on the north end of campus. Deen attempted to flee the scene but was arrested. 
  • Officers found a large amount of copper wire and burglary tools inside a duffel bag that Deen had in his possession. 
  • Deen was charged with four felonies, including grand theft and vandalism, and a misdemeanor for possession of burglary tools. 
  • He is being held in the Fresno County Jail on $35,500 bail. 
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