A man and a woman removed tools and copper wire from electrical repair trucks in an East Garden City construction parking lot Friday morning but were caught after they tried to leave, Nassau police said.
Morgan Miller, 20, of North Massapequa, and James Yates, 32, of Port Jefferson, were at the rear of the Red Roof Inn on Dibblee Drive when they forced their way into a gated parking area about 1:20 a.m., police said. They took tools and the wiring off the trucks and placed them in the trunk of their Hyundai, police said.
They were leaving just as officers arrived, and Yates ran away but Miller was arrested there, police said.
Yates was found and arrested about 3:30 a.m. at Skylark Lane in Levittown, police said.
A pair of pliers used to cut copper wire was found in the couple's car, police said.
Yates, of 15 Wenmore St., was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. He is expected to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Miller, of 216 North Chestnut St., was charged with possession of burglary tools, released on an appearance ticket and scheduled to appear Nov. 20 at First District Court in Hempstead.