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Police arrest two men for allegedly siphoning power from school to encampment

Belmont police on Wednesday arrested two men who allegedly stole utility services from an elementary school.

The two San Mateo men, were arrested on suspicion of theft of utility services and on outstanding warrants, police said.

On Wednesday, officers with the Belmont Police Department responded to a local elementary school on a report of theft of electricity from the school.

Responding officers located damage to an air conditioning unit where the suspects accessed the unit with extension cords to steal power.

The officers followed the extension cords to an encampment next to the school’s property.

Police said several items at the encampment were being powered by the school’s electricity, and the two suspects were found at the encampment and taken into custody.

Police said investigators also believe the two may have been responsible for starting a nearby brush fire in July.

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