Two Charged for Copper Wire Theft at Sea-Tac Airport

According to the criminal complaint unsealed today, Harms and Lynch entered a secured area of Sea-Tac airport and removed copper cable from the light towers. Harms first came to the attention of law enforcement in connection with a King County burglary. While being questioned by law enforcement, information was developed linking Harms and Lynch to the wire theft. The copper wire cost more than $77,000 when it was installed in 2008. Harms was arrested yesterday afternoon.

The men are charged with theft of public property, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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The case is being investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force which includes officers from the Port of Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Police Department, and the King County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Bates.