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Bicycle, shirt help Goldsboro police track stolen copper pipes

Posted August 28, 2012 4:10 p.m. EDT

— Bicycle tracks and a T-shirt led Goldsboro police to the arrest of a man accused of stealing 20 pounds of copper pipe from a vacant home Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to a call about a suspicious person at the home, at 2000 S. John St., about 7:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a crawl-space door was open and copper pipes removed. They also found a black shirt, blue jeans and fresh bicycle tracks in the grass.

Another officer on the way to the house passed a man on a bicycle riding east on Dixie Trail. The officer knew the man, identified as Rickey Henderson of Pikeville, and stopped him. Police said Henderson had a black T-shirt containing cut copper pipe pieces.

Police said a witness saw Henderson on the property and questioned him about why he was there. When questioned, the witness said, Henderson left.

He was charged with one count each of larceny and injury to real property and held on a $2,000 secured bond.