A man was charged Wednesday in connection with the theft of copper wire from a Dickinson church, police said.

Police were called about 11 a.m. to the 3100 block of Oho Avenue to the report of a theft, according to a police affidavit.

A maintenance worker at the Living Faith Outreach Church told officers he had encountered a man inside a fence on the church's property, according to the affidavit.

The maintenance person confronted the man, who first identified himself as an electrical worker, and then said he was a city employee, according to the affidavit.

The man was told to leave the property. As he did, he picked up 20 feet of loose copper wire, according to the affidavit.

The maintenance worker took a picture of the man, and showed it to the officers, according to the affidavit.

Police soon after found a man matching the suspect's description riding a bicycle along Avenue F, according to the affidavit.

Brandon Ricks, 29, was charged with theft of aluminum, bronze or copper. He was held on $60,000 bond, according to jail records. He was still in custody at the Galveston County jail on Thursday.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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