Worker charged in copper wire theft at UAF site

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A 33-year-old construction worker is accused of stealing one ton of copper wire at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Eric Brandon Bailey of Fairbanks was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree felony theft.

Campus police received a report about the alleged theft last week from a utility tunnel under a dormitory.

A large amount of copper wire was being replaced at a construction site. According to a criminal complaint, the old wire was set to be salvaged for UAF’s construction project fund.

Police say Bailey and an unnamed accomplice received $3,857 from a local scrap yard for the wire.

The accomplice has not been charged.

It’s unclear if Bailey has an attorney. He could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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