Felony charges have been filed against a man accused of stealing copper pipe and fittings from the Rhine River development under construction on Front Street.
The suspect, Scott M. Jackson, 25, Washington, was arrested within minutes after the thefts were reported about 8:15 a.m. Monday.
Police recovered the copper pipe and fittings but a water meter was not found, according to a report.
Jackson was charged later Monday in a complaint issued by the Franklin County prosecutor’s office with one count each of second-degree burglary and stealing, both felonies. His bond was set at $20,000 in the case.
Police received a report of a suspicious man near Cedar and Main streets and went to investigate. Two boxes containing pipe fittings were found near that location, police said.
A description of the man was broadcast and a few minutes later an officer saw the suspect near Fifth and Jefferson streets, according to the report.
Several lengths of copper pipe were found later by police.