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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:29 PM

Metal thief released, to S.F. neighbors' dismay

A San Francisco man accused of a string of copper thefts has been freed again, much to the dismay of his neighbors.

Dennis McGuire, 52, was given a suspended sentence for stealing more than $20,000 worth of copper wire last year from Muni and a U-Haul business in the city.

According to McGuire's neighbors in Noe Valley, he got busy after his Friday sentencing, using tools to blast through the sidewalk outside his dilapidated home in an effort to restore water service.

Jagged holes were half-covered by plywood, sawhorses and "caution" tape. McGuire would not comment, but he had posted a valid permit to "replace water service" issued May 14 by the city Department of Building Inspection.

By Tuesday, a crew from the city Public Utilities Commission had visited McGuire. Officials said the agency had shut down his water because he wasn't paying his bill.

Legally, he could have replaced his own pipes under the permit, but not turned on his water.

"It's not apparent exactly what he was doing," said commission spokesman Charles Sheehan.

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Metal-thief-released-to-S-F-neighbors-dismay-3665232.php

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