Double Trouble: Twin brothers arrested for copper theft


OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s a case of “double trouble.” Oklahoma City police arrest twin brothers overnight. Police said the pair had been stealing copper wire.

Copper theft is a common problem in the metro.

What makes this case different is the relation of the suspects.

The twin brothers, who both turned 34 last week, were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly concealing stolen property.

It all started when a witness drove down S. May Ave., saw two men cutting the copper wire off power poles and called police.

“This witness happened to be in the right place at the right time. They took quick action and that’s exactly what we would’ve suggested,” Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

When police arrived on scene, they found the two brothers, Christopher Liles, and his twin, Michael Liles, with stolen copper wires in their backpack.

“The fact that they are brothers is unique. Unfortunately, copper theft is a crime we do see periodically,” Wardlow said.

Wardlow said the twins learned the hard way, crime definitely doesn’t pay.

“We actually contacted investigators with OG&E and they were able to come out and determine they had stolen copper, about $10 worth, and some tools used to commit this crime,” Wardlow said.

Both suspects were given a $4,000 bond; 400 times more than the price of the copper they were trying to steal.