Man, woman arrested in Old Town copper thefts

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 1:03 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:26 p.m.
Qeanna Lynch
Penobscot County Sheriff
Qeanna Lynch
Eric St. Peter
Penobscot County Sheriff
Eric St. Peter

OLD TOWN, Maine — Police scared off a man and a woman who broke into the Old Town Lumber Co. early Saturday morning and were in the process of removing copper pipes, Old Town police Capt. Kyle Smart said Tuesday.

The couple led police on a foot chase for more than an hour but had parked their car in a nearby city-owned gravel pit, which is where they were captured, the police captain said. The pursuit began at around 8:35 a.m.

“They caught a woman first,” Smart said. “They were trying to scale an embankment of the gravel pit to get to their car [and] apparently he made it and she didn’t.”

The man, Eric St. Peter, 23, of Enfield was caught a short time later, the police captain said.

“He was cutting copper piping out of the walls,” Smart said. Once St. Peter got the copper outside, he was cutting it into smaller pieces to make it easier to carry, Smart said.

Police arrested St. Peter and Qeanna Lynch, 20, of Howland and charged them with felony burglary as well as theft by unauthorized taking. Both were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. St. Peter remained there on Tuesday and Lynch has been released, a jail official said. If convicted of felony burglary, both St. Peter and Lynch could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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