FULTON, NY – Fulton Police arrested two men on the city’s west side after they were found allegedly trying to steal copper plumbing from inside a vacant house.
At about 12:13 a.m. on Sunday, police received a report of two males acting suspiciously around 514 Hannibal St., a vacant house.
Police responded and found fresh tracks in the snow leading to the attached garage of the residence.
Officers checked the inside of the house, and reportedly found Brett W. Ellis, 20, of Cayuga Street, and Christopher N. Currier, 21, of North First Street, in the basement.
Both men had allegedly entered the home in order to steal scrap metal.
They were found in possession of a bag of tools consisting of wire cutters, a crow bar, vice grips and a flashlight, police said.
Both men were charged with the following offenses:
Burglary 3rd Degree – class D felony
Possession of Burglar’s Tools – class A misdemeanor
Conspiracy 5th Degree – class A misdemeanor
City officials said the Hannibal Street home has been vacant for some time and the property taxes are paid and current.
Oswego County Real Property tax records show the vacant home belongs to a woman with an Indiana address.
Oswego County Today contacted local scrap dealers who noted the current rate for scrap copper is between $1 and $2.42 per pound, and scrap wire is 24 cents to $1.49 per pound.
One local scrap dealer spokesman said his firm uses a photo capture system to record customers, and requires identification from anyone seeking to scrap items like copper piping and house wire. “And when ever asked, we cooperate fully with the police,” the spokesman added.
Ellis and Currier were arraigned in Fulton City Court on Sunday by Judge David Hawthorne and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility.
Ellis in lieu of $1,500 or $3,000 bail bond and Currier $2,500.
Currier is scheduled to reappear in Fulton City Court Jan. 14, Ellis on Jan. 21.