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DANVILLE: Alamo Men Busted For Mining Copper – At San Ramon Valley High

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Two Alamo residents are in custody Tuesday after one allegedly came to the attention of police when he was caught stealing copper wire from a light standard at San Ramon Valley High School.

Police Chief Steve Simpkins said officers were called to the football field at the high school after nearby residents reported hearing voices and noise coming from the bleacher section. An officer spotted Damon Carthen, 41, with a quantity of copper wire determined to have come from one of the light standards near the visitor bleachers at 3:42 a.m.

Carthen was taken into custody on charges of Grand Theft and probation violation and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, where he is being held without bond.

Later in the morning, Danville police investigators executed a search warrant at Carthen’s home in Alamo and arrested Jason Sprague, 38, also of Alamo. Sprague was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility, where he was booked on charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Dangerous Drugs and being under the influence of drugs. Bond has been set at $25,000.

It could not be immediately determined if the wire found at the Alamo address was also taken from the high school or from another location.

Simpkins praised the residents who reported the suspicious activity and for the quick response by officers in making the arrests.