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Two Arrested for Stealing Copper Pipe

Police in Bellows Falls arrested two men late last week caught red handed trying to steal copper piping from the basement of a Hapgood Street Extension residence.

According to a press release, officers responded to the scene shortly before 11:30 Thursday morning to find Keith Tyrrell, Jr., and Gary Lescord – both of Bellows Falls – removing copper piping from the residence. The two were taken into custody without incident, and were being held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of $5,000 bail.

Police did not say whether anybody was home at the time of the attempted burglary, or how they were alerted of the crime. Copper piping remains a popular commodity for thieves for its increasing value which is currently at about $1.70 per pound.

Officials are urging homeowners to use diligence when closing cabins for the winter, and to always report suspicious vehicles in residential areas.

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