A Yorba Linda man was arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wiring from an electrical box Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Terry Alan Lee, a 50-year-old resident of Yorba Linda, is alleged to have taken $2,000 worth of copper from Homestead Neighborhood Park, according to a statement released by the Irvine Police Department.
An Irvine police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the park's lot at about 5 a.m., according to the statement.
The officer stepped out of his patrol car and began to search the park, which is near Jamboree Road and Robinson Drive. The officer found a man removing the wire, but the man took off.
Lee was taken into custody a short time after the chase. According to the statement, he was still holding the wire.
Authorities believe the wiring was taken from an access panel for the park lights.
Lee is in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail