MASON CITY | A Mason City man was arrested for allegedly stealing electrical wiring and causing $10,000 in damage to Holcim Cement Plant Thursday.

Craig Ruppelt, 57, was found to be carrying several large pieces of industrial electrical wiring in his arms around 8:13 p.m. Thursday, the Mason City Police Department said in a news release. Members of the department's Safe Neighborhoods Team had spotted him in the 1600 block of North Quincy Avenue. 

After further investigation, police determined the wiring was stolen in a burglary at the Holcim Cement Plant, 1840 N. Federal Ave.   

The amount of stolen property, combined with damage to the plant, is approximately $10,000, police said.

Ruppelt was also in possession of a marijuana pipe that "smelled strongly of burnt marijuana," according to court documents.  

Mason City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division executed two search warrants at separate locations in Mason City. Further evidence was located and seized during execution of the warrants, police said.

Ruppelt was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, felony third-degree burglary and felony second-degree criminal mischief.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. A court date hasn't been set. 

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