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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Copper thief nabbed in former Seattle Times building

A lost reporter looking for a story?

Nope. Police say the man caught wandering around the bowels of the former headquarters of The Seattle Times early Saturday morning was a copper thief.

The building was left mostly empty after the newspaper moved its operations across the street to 1000 Denny Way about 2 1/2 years ago. But one existing tenant, Soup Daddy restaurant, called Seattle police around 2:20 a.m. Saturday to report their water had been mysteriously cut off.

Turns out, water is a significant ingredient in soup.

The restaurant’s owners told arriving officers that the largely vacant building has been plagued by copper thieves.

Police went underneath the restaurant, into the building’s basement, to take a look. They noticed a large amount of water on the floor, police said.

They also found a man who was gathering up a pile of copper pipes. He was carrying a crescent wrench, pipe cutter, pliers, wire snips, a utility knife, two flashlights and a set of keys, according to police.

Police arrested the man — who was also wanted on a malicious mischief warrant — and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

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