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Man accused of stealing copper from 30 DISD schools arrested

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Dallas Independent School District police arrested a suspect recently in connection to at least 30 copper theft incidents at schools.

Greg Desha Ellis of Dallas has been charged with theft of material 50 percent aluminum/bronze/copper greater than $20,000 after he allegedly stole copper from an air conditioning unit at George W. Truett Elementary School on March 23.

Detectives say they learned that Ellis had stolen from around 30 other Dallas ISD schools.

Originally, the school principal of Truett tried to confront Ellis during the theft, but Ellis fled before police arrived on scene.

Ellis' license plate number and description were given to police, though, and he was arrested near a recycler he often went to.

Police say Ellis specialized in HVAC units and had been targeting DISD schools since 2012. They also suspect Ellis stole metal hundreds of times within the past six months.

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