Bari, July 15 - Italian police on Monday arrested eight people suspected of copper theft from power and phone lines near the southern Italian city of Bari. They are suspected of forming a criminal gang to traffic copper stolen from power company Enel, telecoms group Telecom Italia and other firms, police said. Police cordoned off a 1,000-square-metre stockpile of copper and other metals. They said the alleged gang had trafficked some 2,000 tonnes of copper. Last Thursday almost 800 people across Italy were arrested in connection with copper thefts from power and telephone cables as well as cemeteries across Italy. Copper thefts have risen in recession-hit Italy over the last year.