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.