Thief flees South Bay construction site dragging gate under RV

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Police say a man broke into a construction site, stole copper and other items, then fled in an RV, dragging a gate and a ladder behind him.

The man was arrested and faces several charges for attempting to steal the items in broad daylight, Chula Vista Police Department confirmed.

Around 8 a.m., the man tried to steal copper and other supplies from a construction site near a shopping center off H Street in Chula Vista, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

“A gentleman came in, got a ladder, went over the fence and started collecting copper,” a witness named Wyatt told FOX 5. “He had brooms, shovels, trash cans, he had a lot of wire. He went into the electrical section, broke into their tool box and started taking all their scrap copper and stuff."

After the thief ransacked the worksite, he took a motorhome, the witness said. As he tried to drive off, the man dragged a ladder and gate behind him down H Street.

He was eventually arrested by officers without any of the stolen items, but he left significant damage along the way, crashing into a couple of other vehicles, according to Chula Vista Police Sgt. James Petray.

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