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January 31, 2012

Cops nab suspects in copper thefts

BEVERLY — Police are hailing the cooperation of residents in the Marshall Court neighborhood following the capture early yesterday morning of two men believed to be in the process of stealing copper wire from the nearby National Grid facility.

Elbin Aguilar, 28, of 127 Grove St., Chelsea, is charged with breaking and entering in the night, larceny over $250, and destruction of property.

Arick Adolpho Erazo, 32, of 11 Overlook Ridge Drive, Revere, is charged with breaking and entering in the night, larceny over $250, and driving without a license.

A third suspect, unidentified, is still at large.

A resident called police at 3:09 a.m. after seeing men on her property.

"People there are pretty used to seeing people go into the National Grid yard," said officer Dave Costa, Beverly police spokesman.

Thieves are lured by the opportunity to steal copper, he said.

Officer Samuel Lane responded to the call within one minute and "saw a man duck back into the bushes," Costa said.

Police believe that was Erazo, who reached a vehicle and made an unsuccessful attempt to flee the scene.

Two others were seen on foot, "cutting through yards and heading in the opposite direction."

Officers Brian Long, Scott Leblanc and David Grimes tracked down Aguilar hiding in bushes near Wellman and Congress streets, Costa said.

Police found rolls of copper wire collected, tied together and ready for transport on the National Grid property.

Also responding to the scene was officer Gary Little.

The theft of copper has become so widespread, that thieves have been known to steal the roof gutters off homes, Costa said.

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