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By adamg - 12/28/23 - 9:47 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men they say broke into the former St. Vincent Church on E Street last night in search of copper wiring and a man who broke into St. Monica Church on Old Colony Avenue early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/22 - 7:57 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men they say were in the process of heisting spools of copper from a construction site at 130 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton. Read more

By adamg - 11/26/17 - 4:36 pm
Copper thieves

Walpole Police report they are looking for two guys - one wearing a headlamp - who used a Chevy pickup truck and a trailer to make off with some 4,000 pounds of copper from a scrap yard sometime late on Nov. 19 or early on Nov. 20. Read more.

By dmk - 11/17/17 - 12:08 pm

A heads up to those on Verizon regular telephone or DSL service. Verizon will decommission copper wire service in Massachusetts starting in 2018.

The web address below explains what will happen. PDF documents for Massachusetts are linked. Read more.

By adamg - 12/29/15 - 11:19 am
Copper thief wanted

UPDATE: BPD reports that steely-eyed Transit Police officers spotted and arrested Matthew LaChance, 32, of Swansea.

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy they say stole $20,000 worth of copper welding cable from a Nashua Street construction site. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/12 - 1:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting brothers Adrian and Kenneth Kidd on charges they tried pilfering copper pipes from a derelict old building in Mattapan.

Police say that around 11 a.m. yesterday, officers on patrol noticed a guy coming out of a hole in a fence carrying a large plastic bag with pipes sticking out of it around 30 Regis Rd.:

By adamg - 1/15/12 - 10:13 pm

UPDATE: Man in hospital with serious burns is a possible suspect.

Firefighters and police responded to the South Boston power plant at Summer and 1st streets tonight, where some copper thieves managed to chop out some heavy-gauge wiring, causing smoldering that set off the plant's fire alarms. No sign of the pilferers, of course.

By adamg - 3/25/11 - 11:36 am

District C-6 reports that sometime over this past weekend, somebody broke into a Verizon yard at 649 Summer St. by the Marine Industrial Park and made off with $12,000 worth of copper wire.

It's the second time this month somebody broke into the facilty. On March 2, police say, five Verizon trucks were broken into and power tools removed.

By adamg - 3/29/10 - 7:46 am

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports $2,000 worth of copper piping was stolen from a BC construction project at 188 Foster St. on March 19.

By adamg - 1/8/10 - 10:02 am

District A-7 reports that when Verizon workers asked some jamoke what the hell he was doing in one of their bucket trucks at Crestway Road and Waldemar Avenue in East Boston Wednesday morning, he claimed he was doing work

By adamg - 4/30/09 - 12:14 pm

With copper back up to $2 a pound, thieves are busy again: The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reports a vacant Haverhill house had $4,000 worth of copper pipes ripped out of its walls sometime in the past few days.

By adamg - 10/15/08 - 2:28 pm

Brookline Police report a Fuller Street resident and a guy installing windows got into "a heated argument that became physical." Both parties to face assault and battery charges.

Also, police report that sometime between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, somebody made off with a total of 36 feet of copper downspouts from a house at 50 Fernwood Rd.

By adamg - 8/20/08 - 8:09 am

The Tab reports police have nabbed a man charged with stealing copper downspouts and pipes from St. Anthony's Church on Holton Street in Allston and the McNamara House on Everett Street in Brighton.

By adamg - 7/31/08 - 2:25 pm

Boston Police report nabbing an East Boston couple for participating in the craze that's sweeping the nation: Stealing copper wire.

Police say that shortly after midnight, officers drove up to a construction yard at Geneva Avenue and Maverick Street where copper wire had been stolen in the past:

On arrival, officers observed a female squatting down by a nearby telephone pole who immediately got up, and started walking towards a car all the while holding her cell phone as if talking to someone. Officers, having observed a thick roll of copper wiring next to where the suspect was first observed, stopped her to further investigate. Upon stopping the suspect, officers observed her to be sweating profusely and very nervous. Officers further checked the area and observed a red hacksaw underneath the car that the woman was getting into. It should be noted that the car was parked next to the wire and the pole that the woman was initially standing next to. During further investigation, officers observed another hacksaw in the front seat of the car, a wire tester, and a metal wire cutter.

Some witnesses told police they'd been offered half the wire in exchange for clamming up.

By adamg - 6/3/08 - 11:05 am

Cambridge Police report arresting two men Saturday morning on charges they were trying to steal five-foot sections of copper from the roof of the Attic, 563 Mass. Ave. in Central Square.

By adamg - 4/25/08 - 7:42 pm

Boston Police report that on recent weekends, somebody's been breaking into the Verizon lot at 173 Boston St. in South Boston and stealing copper wiring.

Also click on the link to read about a teen beaten with a baseball bat by a group of other teens at the Burger King at W. Broadway and D Street Tuesday night.

By adamg - 4/7/08 - 3:01 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting two construction workers at the site of the new police station at 125 Sixth St. around 12:30 p.m. last Thursday "after they were observed placing boxes of copper cable into their Jeep."

Cops cop copper copper.

By adamg - 3/1/08 - 12:34 pm

Boston Police report arresting a guy allegedly wheeling copper away from a Back Bay alley shortly before 1 a.m. today:

Officers located a witness who told them that he has had to replace his copper downspouts at last three times in the past due to theft. The witness stated that he was awakened by noise in the alley and observed the suspect walking in the alley, heard some noise in the alley and then observed him walking out with a large piece of copper downspout in his hand and placing it in his cart.

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