June 23, 2018
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Arrest made hours after house stripped of copper piping

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

FRANKFORT, Maine — Last week, just two hours after a theft was reported by the homeowners, police arrested a man for allegedly stripping a house of some of its copper piping.

Darrell Harvey, 25, of Frankfort, broke into a Bangor Road house listed for sale sometime while the owners were away for a couple of days, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. According to the police report, Harvey took all the copper piping from the basement and sold it to a Frankfort scrap metal dealer for $300.

When the owners came home, they discovered the theft and reported it to the sheriff’s office at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.

Detective Merl Reed began his investigation with the scrap metal dealer in Frankfort, where he was told that Harvey recently had sold some copper piping. Reed then interviewed Harvey, who allegedly confessed to the theft.

“Before the end of [Reed’s] shift, he had the guy in jail,” Trundy said Monday afternoon.

Harvey has been charged with burglary and theft and was taken to Waldo County Jail, Trundy said.

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