2 accused of stealing copper, CPVC piping from Marathon construction site

Supervisor says suspect was supposed to be working at separate job site

From left: Lazaro Salabarria, 57, and Felix Layva, 47.
From left: Lazaro Salabarria, 57, and Felix Layva, 47.

MARATHON, Fla. – Two South Florida men were arrested Monday night after they stole a large amount of copper and CPVC piping from a construction site in Marathon, authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said deputies were called to the construction site at 13351 Overseas Highway about 6 p.m. after a supervisor saw two men taking copper pipes and putting them into a U-Haul truck.

The supervisor told deputies that no one had permission to take the pipes.

Herrin said a deputy pulled over the truck and identified the two suspects as Lazaro Salabarria, 57, of Miami, and Felix Layva, 47, of Hialeah.

She said Salabarria works for one of the companies operating at the construction site and it was his supervisor who called 911.

Herrin said the supervisor told deputies that his employee was supposed to be working at a construction site in Miami Beach at the time of the theft and did not have permission to take the pipes from the site in Marathon.

Salabarria and Layva were arrested on grand theft charges.

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