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Two men charged with trying to steal copper plumbing from former Derry school

DERRY — Alerted by an anonymous caller, Derry police say they foiled` a burglary attempt of copper plumbing early Monday morning at the former Floyd School.

Officers arrested two men for burglary after an extensive search by a K-9 unit, according to police.

Junius Butler, 42, of 360 Dubuque St., Manchester, was charged with accomplice to burglary, and Anthony Yarbrough, 25, of 25 High St., Northfield, was charged with burglary and resisting detention, Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said in a news release.

Police said they received a call from someone on Highland Aveune at 1:45 a.m. reporting noises and possible flashlight beams inside the former Floyd School. The school has been closed for about nine years.

Officers found someone had entered the building through side windows and saw a door ajar. The officers then surrounded the building and, after announcing their presence, demanded that the people inside the building come out, Thomas said.

The officers heard a commotion inside the building and saw one man run out an exit door and flee into the nearby neighborhood. They saw a second man try to escape by climbing out of a third-floor window. When the man was confronted by an officer on the ground, he climbed back into the building and then ran out of another exit door.

With the help of a New Hampshire State Police K-9 unit, officers conducted an extensive search and arrested the two men, Thomas said.

A check of the interior of the school revealed that copper plumbing had been cut and gathered in one area of the building, Thomas said. Several tools used for cutting pipes were also discovered there.


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