DANVILLE — Two people were arrested Sunday in Danville after they were found with a large amount of copper wire and burglary tools, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said.

About 2:25 a.m. Sunday, a Danville officer spotted 36-year-old Corey Whorton, of Martinez, walking on the Interstate 680 overpass at Sycamore Valley Road. The officer determined that Whorton was on probation and found burglary tools after searching him.

After arresting Whorton on a probation violation, the officer checked the area and found 47-year-old Lynda Higham, of Concord, waiting inside a vehicle at the Sycamore Valley Road park-and-ride. In the car, police found burglary tools and about $200 worth of copper wire.

The wire appeared to have been stolen from Caltrans boxes on I-680 near La Gonda Way, authorities said.

Whorton and Higham were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Both were booked at County Jail in Martinez.

Police said Tuesday that they did not know if the pair were linked to other copper thefts in Danville during the past week. At Osage Station Park, 50 5-inch-by-8-inch copper plaques were taken from the Rose Memorial. The cost to replace them is estimated at $10,000. And at Hap Magee Park, wiring was cut and taken from boxes affecting park lighting. The estimated repair cost is $4,000, police said.


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Anyone with information on the thefts, or wanting to report suspicious people in parks, can call 925-820-2144.

Contact Sophia Kazmi at 925-847-2122.