Kent police arrest four in early morning wire theft

Kent police have arrested four adults on suspicion of stealing a 4-foot tall spool of industrial wire from a business in the northern part of the city, the department reported today.

A passerby called Kent police about 4 a.m. today and reported that four people had just loaded the spool in the back of a truck. The four then split up and left in two vehicles, police reported. The business was closed at the time.

The caller followed the truck. Kent officers found of the suspect vehicles in the area and detained two women, the department reported.

Officers caught up to the truck in downtown Kent and arrested two men. They also found the spool of wire, which is worth more than $1,000.

Through the investigation, officers learned the women had been "scouting" the industrial area for wire and metal. They found the large spool in a fenced storage yard behind a warehouse and notified the two men, police report.

The four adults, who are in their 40s and 50s, were booked into the Kent Corrections Center on suspicion of second-degree theft. The wire was returned to the business.