Police arrested a White Marsh man, accused of stealing copper from Homestead Flower Gardens in Kingsville on Monday.
Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 10900 block of Raphel Road shortly after 11 a.m. on March 12. An officer found a man hiding behind a flower garden, who he recognized as previously involved in scrap metal theft, according to Baltimore County Police Lt. David Naimaster of the .
Investigators found that Francois G. Paquette, 37, had entered a Homestead Flower Gardens greenhouse and cut about $100 in copper wire, according to a police report.
Paquette, of the 5800 block of Carrington Drive in White Marsh, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft and theft less than $1,000, court records show.
Following the arrest, workers at the garden center reported that $300 in copper had also been stolen between Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. Police are investigating if Paquette has been involved in any other recent copper thefts, according to Naimaster.