CENTERVILLE -- DNA from underwear and cigarette butts left where copper wiring was stolen may lead police to three suspects.
But police are hoping the public will help first, said Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child.
Two women and a man were seen at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 29 on top of the building that was once the Lone Star Restaurant at 111 S. Frontage Road, Child said.
The witness, who works at the Land Rover dealership in the area, saw the two women and the man throwing something off the roof and putting things into an older model red car, similar to a Ford Taurus, Child said.
The vandals did about $30,000 to $50,000 worth of damage to get between $300 and $400 worth of copper.
"They basically destroyed six of the seven coolers or air-conditioning units that were on top of the building," Child said.
Police believe the three spent several hours on the roof and were very skilled, because they did not use a ladder to climb to the roof.
However, police found underwear at the scene and believe it belongs to one of the suspects, along with cigarette butts. The evidence has been sent to the state crime lab for DNA testing.
Anyone with information about the copper theft is asked to call police at 801-292-8441.
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