Police say a Richland man used a power saw to cut metal grates from canals on the Columbia Irrigation District’s property.
Richland police officers found a large amount of metal in Patrick Irwin's pickup truck after they stopped it Monday night leaving the property, Capt. Mike Cobb said. Some of the metal had been freshly cut.
Irwin, 60, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of theft, trespassing and destruction of private property.
Irwin told police he had permission to be on the property, Cobb said. He claimed some of the metal was salvaged from construction sites around the Tri-Cities.
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CID officials said Irwin did not have permission to be on the property, Cobb said.
Irwin did have permission to remove some items from two construction sites in the Tri-Cities, Cobb said.
Officers found receipts in the truck from Pacific Steel & Recycling in Kennewick, Cobb said. Irwin brought 152, 362 pounds of material to the business in 2013.
A passenger in the truck was arrested for an outstanding warrant. He was booked into the Benton County jail.