Worker fired, accused of cashing in copper wire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  A worker at an Albuquerque electric contractor lost his job after police say he was caught taking copper wire from the company’s warehouse and recycle it for cash.

According to a criminal complaint, a day after asking to take wire out to a job site, GPS tracking in his truck showed James Hancock was in Santa Fe at a scrap metal company.

The owner of the scrap metal company told APD detectives that Hancock had been bringing in copper for three years and showed them about $1,000 worth of wire that he had brought in the other day.

The contractor, Bixby Electric, identified the wire as belonging to the company.

Hancock was fired and a warrant was put out for his arrest. He’s being charged with embezzlement and fraud. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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