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April 1, 2011


Man allegedly tried to get copper pipes

published in the Daily Gazette, 1/22/11

ALBANY - City police arrested a 33-year-old Second Avenue man on Thursday, alleging he burglarized a home on South Swan Street and attempted to strip copper pipe out of the basement. 

Charles Moore II, of 246 Second Avenue, was charged with third degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

Police said they were called Thursday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. by a neighbor of 226 S. Swan St. who saw a man go inside the abandoned house through the basement window. The neighbor called 911 and patrol units were dispatched.

When officers arrived they found the north side basement window had been forced open. They said they surrounded the house and within minutes Moore came out the front door. He was found with a backpack that contained a pipe cutter, hacksaw, bolt cutters and a pry bar, according to police. Officers went inside the house and found that copper pipe had been cut in the basement as well.

Moore was transported to the detective division where he was interviewed, then charged and arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court.

Police said he is not at present considered a suspect in any other copper thefts in the region.