Man Arrested Twice On Same Day In Scrap Metal Thefts
Plainfield Police say they arrested an 18-year-old in twice in the same day, for trying to steal scrap metal from houses.
At 5:30 in the morning, a driver called police, and said a suspicious person was looking into driveways and walking around houses on North Main Street.
When officers arrived, they say they found Robert Authelet carrying downspouts and gutters he had allegedly stolen from his neighbors homes.
Authelet lives on North Main Street, nearby.
The Moosup man was charged with larceny and criminal mischief, and released on bond. Police said a second person in the area ran away, and escaped.
About 7 o’clock that night, someone saw two people coming out of a vacant house on Main Street, and called police.
Officers say they found Authelet and an unnamed 17-year-old. Police say Authelet went inside the house to steal copper pipes, while the younger teenager remained outside.
Authelet was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and larceny. The 17-year-old was charged with burglary conspiracy, larceny, and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.
The arrests were made April 21.
Police say the pair was stealing the metal in hopes of selling it.