February 7, 2015 |
Unoccupied houses made tempting targets for a trio accused Thursday of stealing copper and burning unoccupied properties in Montgomery and Delaware Counties last year. The two men and one woman used real estate websites to find properties in foreclosure or on the market and unoccupied, and strip them of copper, according to a statement by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. At several of the properties, the three placed cardboard on a stove and lit it with a burner, starting fires, authorities allege.
July 9, 2013 |
A COPPER THIEF with a dark past received a visit from the coppers this weekend after his latest theft resulted in the explosion of a vacant house in Wissinoming, according to police. About 12:23 p.m. Saturday, a two-story house for sale on Howell Street near Torresdale Avenue that had been vacant for about a year exploded and was leveled by the blast. Police reported no injuries in the explosion. Investigators discovered that copper piping had been cut from the residence and said the removal of the piping caused a natural-gas leak that led to the explosion, police said.
July 4, 2013 |
The copper-wire thieves ended up causing $175,000 worth of losses at Peco substations across Bucks County. They eventually were arrested, and a Peco spokeswoman says they should be glad they got away with their lives. On Tuesday, four of the alleged burglars in the eight-member "loosely associated" group waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Hearings for the four remaining members are scheduled for next week. Police said that during the fall, they pilfered what is known as "grounding wire," which is used to help control voltage, and then sold it for about $3 a pound to a scrap yard in Philadelphia.
February 1, 2013
A Delaware County dentist is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever broke into his Upper Darby practice, stole copper tubing, and caused over $40,000 in damages. John-Eric Kramer, who had moved his offices from Philadelphia, was renovating a large stone Tudor-style building he had purchased at 7200 Bradford Rd. He said the thief or thieves broke in through a basement door. The repairs are costly, he said, because plumbing for a dental practice requires special fixtures to prevent contamination.
October 12, 2012 |
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Episcopal priest, Haddonfield police have arrested and charged a pair of suspected copper thieves. "Don't mess with a priest," the Rev. Patrick Close of Grace Church on Kings Highway posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. Close saw two young men the previous day in an area of the church grounds not open to the public and went out to question them, he reported. They departed, but when he left that night, Close noticed the rectory's copper downspouts were gone.
August 19, 2012 |
BBC America's new historical drama, Copper , about an Irish American police detective in 19th-century New York, opens with a bang: A gang of bank robbers are making a frenzied escape through the backstreets of lower Manhattan when they are ambushed by three police detectives led by the show's protagonist, Detective Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran - Corky to his friends - identifies himself as a cop, but before the thieves can react, he and his pals, Detectives Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan)
August 17, 2012
* BOSS. 9 p.m. Friday, Starz. THE IRRESISTIBLE force of Kelsey Grammer's fictional Chicago mayor Tom Kane returns Friday for a second season as Starz's "Boss. " Sanaa Lathan's job will be to at least attempt to become the immovable object in his path. Lathan ("Alien vs. Predator") is joining a show she admitted wasn't even on her radar until Grammer's Golden Globe. "When he won for best actor [in a drama], I was like, 'What is this show?' ... Maybe a month later, [the opportunity of a role]
May 26, 2012 |
Philadelphia Police are seeking help identifying a man captured on surveillance video stripping copper valued at $50,000 from an apartment building under renovation in East Germantown. Police said the thief spent about six hours in the building at 5701 Kemble Ave. early last Saturday, cutting and removing copper pipes. He is described as a black male, 20- to 30-years-old, with an athletic build, and goatee with mustache. He was wearing a green shirt, a brace on his left wrist, blue jeans, a necklace with a cross and dark colored shoes.
April 5, 2012 |
Kahleah Copper has been at a couple of high schools over the last four years, but she has always had a home on the Pennsylvania sports writers' all-state girls' basketball team. Copper, the 6-foot-2, Rutgers-bound guard-forward, has been on the all-state team every year of her varsity career, first making it in Class A as a freshman and sophomore at Girard College, then making the Class AAA first team after her junior year at Prep Charter. This year, Copper not only made the first team again, but she also was selected the player of the year in her classification in a vote of statewide media after taking her team to the PIAA semifinals for the second consecutive year.