Police in Washington Park say the man electrocuted Saturday
while trying to cut copper off power lines is part of a crime ring
responsible for stealing metal from several sites in metro East St. Louis.
The deceased, Larry Maradle Jr.
, was originally from Chicago. Police report that the 38-year-old was living in East St. Louis at the time of his death. He and several other men -- ages 32 to 56 -- allegedly stole copper from sites in Belleville, Pontoon Beach and Caseyville.
Washington Park police are holding a 41-year-old man believed to be one of Maradle's accomplices.