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Goldsboro police bust two stealing copper tubing

Posted September 8, 2008

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— Goldsboro police charged two men with larceny after catching them stealing copper tubing from a vacant house last Friday.

Police found Mario Applewhite, 24, of 802 Snowen Drive in Wilson, and Mike Green, 24, of 1114 Atlantic Ave. in Goldsboro, inside the home shortly after noon. Officers also found cut copper tubing and cutting tools in the home at the time.

According to police, the two men posed as potential renters to get access 1503 Catalpa St. from the property manager.

Each was charged with larceny and $350 worth of damage. Each was being held in the Wayne County jail on a $2,500 secured bond.

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  • OSX Sep 8, 2008

    The punishment needs to be worse for this. For stealing it and buying the scrap metal. They get $50 for stealing it and the owner has to pay $2000 to get it replaced.

  • Panther Sep 8, 2008

    I can hear it now;
    But your honor, we were just removing he old and decrepit pipe prior to us renting this wonderful abode! We were not trying to steal anything but were interested that the rental company and owner were in compliance of the OSHA rules about let in copper pipes.

  • lilwil Sep 8, 2008

    If these folk can use creative ideas to commit crime, they can be creative enough to fill out an application and get a job.

  • ptahandatum Sep 8, 2008

    Book 'em Dano.