A man observed by Joliet police walking down the street with an armload of copper pipes was arrested Tuesday night for burglary, according to police reports.
Shamus L. French, 29, told Officer Pat Blatti he was walking near a home at 1 S. Cagwin Ave. at about 10:30 p.m. when he happened to notice some copper pipes lying near the sidewalk, Cmdr. Rich Demick said. French claimed he thought they were trash and decided to help himself, Demick said.
Evidence at the under-renovation house told a different story, however. When police went to investigate, however, they found a side window was open and a stack of copper pipes stacked beneath it, Demick said. Inside, they observed that someone had "broken all of the copper that could be broken off," he said.
A witness also disputed French's story, saying he observed the man going into the home and coming out with the pipes, he said.
French was taken into custody and charged with burglary and theft, both felonies. He is being held in Will County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
This is not French's first arrest for burglary, according to jail records. He was busted on the same charge in 2010 and arrested for criminal trespass to property in 2008 and 2009, records show.
French also claims two different addresses. On the jail log, his address is listed as 2900 S. Fifth Ave. in Garland, Texas, but Joliet police records say he lives at 408 Oneida in Joliet.