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Goldsboro citizen helps nab suspect in copper theft

Posted September 3, 2008

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— Goldsboro police credited a concerned citizen for helping nab a suspected copper thief Tuesday.

The citizen, who was not identified, called police after seeing a man come from under a building at 1210 N. James St.

A K-9 officer later found the man, Ricky Henderson, walking in the 200 block of Workman Street. The witness positively identified him, police said.

Officers searched the area and said they found copper pipe that had been taken from under 1210 N. James St.

Police estimated the stolen pipe had a value of $500, and damages were estimated at $500.

Police charged Henderson with breaking, entering, larceny and damage to property. He was held in the Wayne County Jail under a $5,000 bond.

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  • catfisherman Sep 3, 2008

    "Can someone explain to me why copper thefts are on the rise? I'm not being sarcastic, I really want to know."

    Copper is worth alot of money right now (as are many scrap metals). A shopping cart full of metal can net enough cash to survive on the streets for another week or so. There is an interesting side story about junkies stealing scrap metal woven throughout HBO's "The Wire" Season 2.

  • Cheeksgirl Sep 3, 2008

    Can someone explain to me why copper thefts are on the rise? I'm not being sarcastic, I really want to know.

  • craziecrafter Sep 3, 2008

    My husband works for a builder and they are all the time stealing the copper. Not only the plumbing, but they tear out all the wiring in the new houses. It gets to be costly.

  • Jimmy187 Sep 3, 2008

    Maybe we should start paying deposits on soda and beer cans/bottles. It would give the drug addicts/homeless a better more legal way to get money rather than stealing and breaking into houses.

  • Bob3425 Sep 3, 2008

    good job citizen,