“I’m gonna be honest with you”: Man admits to stealing copper from vacant house

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man admits to stealing copper piping from a vacant house after he’s questioned by police.

It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of South Wright Avenue in Dayton.

Police responded to the house on a report of suspicious activity and that lights were on at a known vacant house.

When officers arrived, they saw lights on in the kitchen. After entering the house, he saw a man crawl out behind a furnace, according to a Dayton police report.

The man was described in the report as being “dirty and sweating heavily”. When the officer asked the man if he lived there, the man said “yes.”

When the officer asked the man for proof of his residence, the man appeared nervous and said, “I’m going to jail, I’m in here stealing copper … I’m gonna be honest with you, the back door was unlocked and I walked right in,” according to the police report.

The man told officers that he had just been laid off from his job and had numerous children at home to take care of. At the house, police saw three large piles of copper piping near the rear door which had appeared to be cut.

The man was booked into jail on a felony charge of breaking and entering — but has not been formally charged.

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