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Sebastopol homeless man accused of stealing electricity

Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.

A homeless Sebastopol man was arrested after officers found him powering his encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail with an extension cord plugged into a local business, Sebastopol police said Monday.

Jeremy Cape, 26, also had a new mountain bike he said he'd bought for $30, a computer monitor and what authorities said was a bag of burglary tools consisting of bolt cutters, gloves and a hammer, police said.

Cape, on probation for possession of methamphetamine, was spotted by a police community service volunteer at about 10 p.m. Sunday sitting on the steps of a secluded Abbot Avenue building housing West Valley Welding.

When officers went to check, they found he was charging his cellphone and using the extension cord to provide power to the nearby encampment, police said.

Cape was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen properties, theft of utilities, possession of burglary tools and violation of probation.

He was being held at the Sonoma County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

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