MANKATO — A man accused of stealing electrical wire from the construction site for the city's new Law Enforcement Center was arrested Sunday after an alert resident reported the theft.
At about 3:15 p.m. Sunday the resident called 911 to report a man had taken several spools of electrical wire, worth an estimated $1,500, from the LEC construction site at 710 S. Front St. The caller was able to provide a description of the man, a description of the van he was driving and a license plate number.
The van was found in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee grocery downtown and 54-year-old David Hernandez Rosillo was arrested. Four spools, each with about 2,500 feet of electrical wire, were found in the van, said Cmdr. Jeremy Clifton.
Police are still investigating to determine the level of theft charges that will be requested and whether there is evidence Rosillo broke into the construction site. If that evidence exists, burglary charges also will be requested, Clifton said.
Police are crediting the caller, a man who is in the area regularly, for stopping the theft.
"The concerned citizen who saw this suspicious van pulled up to the fence is key here," Clifton said. "We were able to stop it just a few blocks from the construction site. Community members . . . that's what makes us good at what we do."