LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested two people who stole roughly $20,000 of copper wiring from a local arts center.

It happened Thursday just after 1:30 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center on Mellwood Avenue, near Brownsboro Road.

Police say they received a report that someone was stealing copper wire from the building. When they arrived, officers allegedly found 43-year-old James Leon Terry, Jr. and 33-year-old Nicholas G. Hammond standing near a trailer, using a winch to pull copper wiring from a metal pipe.

The value of the wiring was estimated at $20,000. Police say the pair caused $5,000 worth of damage to the wiring and the pipe. The wiring belonged to the Mellwood Arts Center, and was part of the geothermal heating and cooling system, according to police.

Both men were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.

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