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April 12, 2014

Salem police probe copper downspout thefts

SALEM — Police are probing two possibly related thefts of copper downspouts late this week on Warren and Flint streets — and say whoever stole the pieces might have difficulty selling them.

The first theft was reported to police yesterday morning by a woman at 36 Warren St. who told an officer that two copper downspouts, each 15 feet long, had been cut from her home, according to the incident log.

“They are dark brown/reddish in color and have not taken on the green look since they are only two years old,” wrote the officer.

The woman believed they were taken between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. yesterday.

“This officer observed the area and it appears that the suspect would have had to climb up on the porch railing in order to cut the metal from the home,” wrote police. “There was a partial footprint in the dirt but it was not able to be processed.”

Police went to the scrap yard on Jefferson Avenue, but a worker there said nobody had brought the materials in to sell.

“He will contact this officer if someone attempts to sell them,” wrote police.

The second report of a copper theft came in at 12:40 p.m. from a man who lived at 17 Flint St., just around the corner from the first reported theft. He said somebody had stolen two of his downspouts, each about 12 feet long, one of which also had a four-foot extension.

Police alerted the scrap metal yard about the second theft, as well.

The man on Flint Street also told police that two four-foot extensions had been stolen from the driveway side of his house last autumn.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at

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