SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 10, 2014

Rash of copper thefts reported in Marblehead

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff Writer

---- — MARBLEHEAD — Police are warning residents after copper downspouts at four homes in town were stolen the past couple of days.

The copper is likely being sold for scrap, police said.

“This isn’t the first time, but it hasn’t happened in a while,” Chief Robert Picariello said.

Marblehead police put out a “community alert” yesterday asking residents to call police if they see anything out of the ordinary, especially during nighttime hours.

“If you or your neighbors have copper gutters or downspouts, please pay extra attention to your property,” the alert read.

Three houses were hit this week. Another house was robbed before Christmas, but the theft wasn’t reported until Sunday, Picariello said.

The most recent theft was reported on Charlotte Road on Wednesday. It appears the thefts are occurring during the overnight hours, but this has yet to be confirmed, the alert read.

On Tuesday, two thefts were reported on Hawkes Street and Auburndale Road. The spouts on Hawkes Street were estimated to cost between $700 and $1,000, according to the police log.

Another copper theft on Miles Standish Road is believed to have happened on Dec. 23.

“Our officers are sharing information with other departments that have experienced similar thefts in an effort to recover the property and to apprehend the thieves,” police said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.