Waterville men arrested in alleged copper theft at vacant house

Posted July 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Last modified July 08, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of Waterville men were arrested early Monday morning in an alleged copper theft at a vacant Summer Street home, police said.

Kevin Hubert, 32, and Sean Rancourt, 29, are both facing charges of burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

The sequence of events leading to the arrests of the men began around 11:45 p.m. Sunday when neighbors near the vacant house saw flashlights moving inside the house, Rumsey said.

Police searched the large single-family home and found Rancourt hiding in the attic, while Hubert was holed up in the basement, Rumsey said.

Officers also discovered stolen copper the men had cut down and had been preparing to load into a suitcase, Rumsey said.

The deputy chief said the incident is among a string of copper thefts that have occurred in the city over the last couple weeks, and police are investigating whether Rancourt or Hubert were involved in any other incidents.

Both men were taken to Kennebec County Jail after their arrests and bail was set at $1,500 each.