SANFORD, Maine — Police arrested two men Wednesday in connection with more than a dozen burglaries in York and Cumberland counties and New Hampshire.
Jeremy Cook, 40, and Richard Stewart, 35, both of Sanford, were nabbed inside a vacant home cutting out copper piping, according to Sanford Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones.
In addition to the home burglaries, the men were also wanted in two burglaries and thefts of copper from Central Maine Power substations in Sanford and Lebanon, according to Jones.
When the suspects were caught by police, officers discovered copper piping already removed and piled up on a blanket in the basement ready to be carried out, Jones said.
Jones said the homes affected by the burglaries were mainly vacant and foreclosed houses. York County sheriff’s deputies and State Police assisted Sanford police in the investigation.
Cook and Stewart were charged with burglary, a Class B felony and brought to the York County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000.