Man Charged With Stealing Copper from Perry Hall BGE
Police say a Kingsville man stole more than $2,360 in copper from the Belair Road facility.
A security guard working at the facility on the 9700 block of Belair Road saw a man enter the facility on surveillance footage and called police shortly after midnight on Nov. 3 to report a suspicious person, according to a police report.
Officers responded and found that a fence in the rear of the property had been pulled apart where it was previously damaged during earlier burglaries.
With the help of a helicopter, police located a man who matched the security guard's description in the 4200 block of Forge Road. A pile of copper spools, marked with BGE tags, was found in the nearby woods. The total estimated value of the copper that was stolen and eventually returned to BGE is $2,360, a police report stated.
Police arrested 37-year-old David Allen Pritt, of the 11000 block of Belair Road in Kingsville and charged him with fourth-degree burglary, theft under $10,000, malicious destruction of property and trespassing, court records show.
Pritt told police during questioning that he had been at a bar and left his car there to avoid a DUI, according to a police report. Police later located Pritt’s 2002 Mercury Cougar in a parking lot in the 4200 block of Forge Road, where there are no bars nearby.
Additional investigation revealed that Pritt has visited scrapyards to sell copper and brass six times since August, the police report stated.
He was later released on $10,000 bond, court records show.
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