Sidney man on probation accused of stealing copper fittings from hardware store

James Smith
Waterville Police Department
James Smith
Posted April 06, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 7:36 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Sidney man on probation for theft is back behind bars on the same charge, according to police.

Waterville police officers responded to a shoplifting call from Aubuchon Hardware on Kennedy Memorial Drive on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday.

Officer Adam Sirois, who was in the area, stopped a blue SUV being driven by James Smith, 32, and found copper pipe fittings from Aubuchon valued at $100 concealed in a diaper bag.

Police also found copper piping that had been cut in 3-to-4-foot lengths, according to Rumsey, and a large amount of copper wire.

Smith was arrested for the pipe fittings, and Waterville police Detective Alan Perkins is investigating the possibility that Smith may have stolen the additional copper. Further charges could be pending, Rumsey said.

Smith’s 4-year-old son, who was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, was released to the custody of Smith’s wife.

Smith was also out on bail on a criminal threatening charge at the time of his arrest, and his probation officer placed a probation hold on him for the prior theft charge, Rumsey said.

Smith was taken to the Kennebec County Jail, where he remains Friday afternoon.

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