A chance encounter with the head of Seattle City Light enabled some copper wire thieves to con the utility out of 20 tons of wire valued at $120,000.
The Seattle Times reports police reports, internal utility records and a recent audit of the utility offer a detailed account of the 2013 copper wire theft.
The utility superintendent had not been mentioned in earlier reports on the incident involving con men who said they worked for a nonprofit and needed wire to help Native American children make jewelry.
The reports say Jorge Carrasco dispatched an employee to oversee the donation of a small amount of scrap material at the Seattle City Light Service Center in April 2013.
The men were later arrested and charged and the wire was recovered by police. Authorities say the men have since missed court appearances and their location is unknown.