Kevin S. Held
A group of apartment tenants caught a copper thief in the act early Thursday morning, the Velda City Police Department said.
According to Col. Daniel Paulino, a police spokesman, residents at the Cambridge Apartments called to report noises coming from the basement, which is shared among tenants.
Residents went to investigate the noise when they saw a man rolling copper pipes onto some blankets, which belonged to a tenant who was doing her laundry. Approximately six inches of water covered the basement floor as a result of the pipes being cut loose.
The residents detained the would-be burglar until police arrived, Paulino said.
The suspect, currently wanted for violating the terms of his parole, has not been identified, pending formal charges.