Two Miami men were arrested Monday night, charged with stealing a large amount of both copper and CPVC piping from a construction site in Marathon.
Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call at 6 p.m. The caller said two men driving a U-Haul truck were at a construction site at 13351 Overseas Highway taking copper pipes and putting them in the truck. The caller, a supervisor at the construction site, said no one had permission to take the pipes.
Deputy Rosary Ponce was north of the construction site and saw the U-Haul truck as it left the area northbound. She stopped the truck and identified the two men inside as 57 year old Lazaro Gregoria Salabarria and 47 year old Feliz Layva. Investigations revealed Salabarria works for one of the companies operating at the construction site. His supervisor is the one who called in the theft report; the supervisor said Salabarria was supposed to be working at a construction site in Miami Beach and did not have permission to take the pipes from the site in Marathon.
Both Salabarria and Layva were arrested. They were charged with grand theft and they were booked into jail.