An 18-year-old Connecticut teenager was arrested twice on Saturday.
Police said that he was first caught stealing rain gutters and downspouts from his neighbour’s yard before doing the same with copper piping at a vacant residence on Main Street.
Robert Authelet was charged with third-degree burglary and two counts each of sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.
He is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Danielson on May 7.
Around 5:30 a.m., a passing motorist called police to report she had seen two young men walking with what appeared to be scrap metal. She told police they were looking into driveways and walking around to homes in the area.
When officers arrived, Authelet and a teenager were found walking through the property carrying rain gutters and downspouts, police said. It was later discovered that Authelet had removed the items from his neighbor’s house so he could scrap them for money.
Authelet was arrested, but later released without having to post his $500 bail.
Shortly after 7 p.m. that same day, police received another call about a scrap metal theft.
The caller reported seeing two men leaving a vacant house at 284 Main St. in Moosup. Officers were able to determine that Authelet went into the home to remove copper piping while a 17-year-old teenager waited outside.
The teenager, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested and charged with third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, third-degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and sixth-degree larceny.