POLICE: Woman Sees Man Stealing Her AC Copper

A woman caught a suspected copper thief in the act as she saw him trying to remove copper from her air conditioning unit.

Michael Thompson of Goldsboro is charged with felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor attempted larceny and misdemeanor damage to property.

Stephanie Reid said she looked out her rear window around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday and saw a man unscrewing the sides of her unit and cutting copper wiring.

Police say they found Thompson in the area with several cutting tools and he was positively identified by Reid.

He was jailed on a $3,000 secured bond.


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  • by Mike Location: Hamilton on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    To bad he didn't get electrocuted .ure would save the tax payers a lot of money.
  • by 40 Location: jville on Jan 18, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    We should be allowed to shoot people like this when we catch em red handed.
  • by I have a dream on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    And you guys are worried about the poor little Red Wolf that's near extinction.
  • by to figures and tasha on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    you guys are kidding right? he wasnt stealing it to fix his own AC unit he was stealing it to sell for cash..copper is very expensive and you...well...
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    I have been told, no evidence, that if you spray paint your copper pipes with black paint, it reduces the scrap value. May not be worth the work the thieves put into removing it.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    I think they should change the name of Goldsboro to Little Rocky Mount or Little West Greenville, or how about Foolsgoldsboro HAH! Sounds like I wouldn't be able to drive through that town without hearing gunshots or witnessing a robbery/murder. I still vote Rocky Mount as the worst city in NC, but Goldsboro is "gunning" for first place, pun intended!
  • by tasha Location: jacksonville on Jan 18, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    I guess he was getting ready for the summer early.
  • by Miss Paul Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    So glad this copper thief was caught!! Get a life!
  • by Here's your answer on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    To Lavon and Barlow: And you wonder why, need I say more?
  • by figures on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Now that's just plain sorry!!!!! Get a job like the rest of us then you can afford an AC unit. And I hope that somebody steals the whole dang unit from you!!!!
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