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Man, teen arrested for stealing copper, hot water tank

MANCHESTER — A Manchester man and a teenager were arrested for breaking into a vacant apartment and stealing copper piping as well as a hot water tank and other items from the basement, police said.

Christopher Jones, 25, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with burglary.

Police determined the pair removed two washers and a hot water tank from the basement of a Manchester Street apartment building. Police said the men also took new pieces of copper piping stored in an apartment for a future restoration project.

Police Officer Todd Biery responded to the Schnitzer metal recycling business at 200 Allard Drive, where he anticipated the alleged burglars may show up to scrap some items. When he arrived there, Biery immediately located two people and a vehicle fitting the descriptions given by a witness.

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