Holden police investigating copper theft, vandalism

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted May 03, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — Police are looking into a recent burglary of a foreclosed home in which copper piping was stolen and thousands in damage was done.

The break-in was discovered about 5:50 a.m. Thursday by an employee of a property management group, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Thursday evening.

The management company has been checking monthly on the house on Levenseller Road, which has been vacant for about half a year, Fizell said. He said it was not clear when the burglary occurred.

Fizell said the thief or thieves removed about $500 worth of copper — causing an estimated $4,000 in damage in the process.

“They probably got 90 percent of the copper tubing that was in the house,” Fizell said, adding that the burglar or burglars used circular pipe cutters to cut up the copper, tearing through sheetrock walls and ceilings to get at it.

Three bedrooms, the living room and a bathroom were cleaned of copper piping and fixtures, he said. Whoever broke in also pulled up a toilet and water tank and tore the shower apart to get at the plumbing.

Fizell said anyone who sees suspicious activity near a vacant home should call 911. Anyone with information about the Levenseller incident can call Holden police at 843-5442.

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