Police have arrested the man accused of breaking into a home in Monroe and stealing copper pipes and plumbing, which he stuffed into suitcases and pulled down the street.
According to police, Drew Russo, 28, of Monroe, burglarized a home on Old Tannery Road in Monroe the afternoon of March 9 and used a bolt cutter to slice copper pipes and plumbing parts from the home heating system.
He took the metal, along with two gaming stations and piece of mail addressed to burglarized home, and put them into two suitcases, according to police.
Police spotted Russo pulling the suitases on Walnut Street and recognized him "due to his extensive arrest history." Authorities said Russo also had an outstanding arrest warrant at Bridgeort Superior Court at the time of the rime.
Russo was taken into custody and charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass and possession of burglary tools.
It's Russo's second burglary in as many months. Police said he also broke into a vacant home on Shelton Road in Monroe on Jan. 23 and cut out piping, causing the basement to flood.
Russo pawned pieces of copper to scrap metal dealers, according to police.
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