HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -

Three men are in custody, accused of ripping off a local water lift station and causing $40,000 in damage.

A truck with the suspected thieves was pulled over Wednesday near Gosling Road and Root Road in northwest Harris county.

Deputies said during their investigation, copper wiring and panel controls from the water lift station were found inside the truck.

That's when Justin Smith, Justin Keith, and Kenan Lehmann were taken into custody.

All three men are charged with felony criminal mischief.

Investigators also believe the men may be connected to other copper thefts in the area.