Cops: Man charged after cutting copper pipes

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Bristol man faces burglary and other charges after police say he did more than $20,000 in damage to a residential plumbing system by cutting out all the copper piping.

Police said 39-year-old Carlos Rivera is being held on a $50,000 surety bond. He is due to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday.

Police were called to an unoccupied home Saturday morning after a neighbor witnessed two men breaking in. The suspects both ran, but only Rivera was caught.

The owner of the building had a plumbing contractor investigate the damage, which was estimated at $20,000 to $25,000. Authorities said all the copper piping had been cut and stacked in a room for removal. The radiators were also removed and stacked to be taken away.

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