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Gilbert to beef up security at town's water tower

PHOENIX -- After a man scaled to the top of Gilbert's water tower, town officials are taking steps to improve security and block access to the 120-foot landmark.

Workers have added a metal plate to cover the ladder on one of the tower's legs.

Gilbert officials say the parks department has resolved to double-check a padlock and chain on the plate, which will be improved or replaced if needed.

A shirtless man believed to be under the influence of drugs was seen climbing to the tower's top on Monday.

Police surrounded the tower and arrested the suspect after a nearly two-hour standoff.

The Arizona Republic reports that the 35-year-old man is facing charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage and false reporting to a law enforcement agency.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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