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Burglars Nabbed Clearing Out Copper Pipes from City-Owned House: Police

Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said they were notified of the burglary in progress and had to go in to arrest the two suspects, who decided to hide rather than surrender.

Two Joliet men had almost entirely filled their car with copper piping from a house belonging to the city of Joliet when police caught them mid-burglary at about 4 a.m. Thursday, Police Chief Mike Trafton said.

A neighbor alerted police to the break-in and officers surrounded the house at 208 Mound, just off Richards Street on the city's near East Side.

When the two men -- Anthony Edwards, 22, 407 Mills Road, and Calvin J. Thompson, 29, 1009 Magnolia -- refused to comply with Joliet police demands that they surrender and come out, officers were forced to go in after them, Trafton said. 

One suspect was found hiding in a basement crawl space and the other was in a closet, he said.

When in custody, the pair confessed to the crime, admitting they'd "f---ed up," the chief said.

Both were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage to property. They're are being held in the Will County jail; information on their bond was not available.

Jail records show Edwards has had previous run-ins with the law, including two arrests in 2010 (one for burglary and retail theft and the other for destroying evidence) and two in 2009 (the first for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the other for burglary).

As for the house, it is being rehabbed through the city's Neighborhood Services office, which will sell it when the work is complete. The city attempts to stabilize neighborhoods by selling houses to people who will reside in them rather than rent them out to tenants who let them run down.

Dora November 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Just a couple misunderstood boys. Go easy on them judge, I'm sure they learned their lesson and will never do it again. If u believe that I have a bridge to sell you.
Patch reader November 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It's will county the judges go easy on everyone.
Patch reader November 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Did they say they f'd up because they were caught or because stealing it wrong?
jolietkenny November 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
When is Illinois going to crack down on scrap yards who buy this stuff.
n/a November 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I don't really consider age 22 and 29 as boys. If you have your home broken into and copper stolen as I once did you would probably think otherwise as it is very very costly to repair, and you will not see a dime from the person who committed the crime.

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