The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office says a deputy questioned Lorenzo Cano on Dec. 20 after spotting him and several other men standing near a pickup truck loaded with the metal.
Sheriff's officials say Cano told the deputy he had stolen the metal from a property near the truck after he climbed a 6-foot-tall fence.
They say Cano planned to sell the metal for cash at a recycling plant.
A warrant has been issued for Cano's arrest, charging him with residential burglary.
Deputies say they've noticed a spike in metal thefts in Chaparral over the last few months, but it's unknown if Cano is connected to any of those cases.