ELK MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Elkton man with stealing copper from a vacant house.

Brandon Rhoades, 22, was arrested March 17 after deputies caught him allegedly crawling from under the house.

Officials say the house’s owner heard power tools being used and called authorities. Deputies caught Rhoades, who had various power tools. They say he had removed 50 feet of copper wire and 15 pieces of copper piping.

Rhoades is charged with first-degree burglary and other offenses.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Doug says:

    Boy,that is brazen .
    Book him Dano.
    Sadly with the rising price of metals,
    this type of crime will become common place.

  2. BRENT BARBOUR says:

    Thats not a crime. Thats just a good citizen helping gut a house thats slated for demolition. He should have went next door first and cut the neighbors in on the profits or when the police showed up, claimed adverse possession of the house! 2 TO 1 that the pipe was really 200 feet and the wire was 300 feet too. Your guess as to what happened on the way downtown.

  3. moleman says:

    Wow, a copper thief caught by the Coppers!…It takes one to know one.

    1. AT says:

      Yeah, because that makes sense…

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