December 13, 2011 4.14 pm This story is over 150 months old

Police charge Lincoln copper theft suspect

Metal theft charge: A 31-year-old Lincoln man appears in court after he was charged with burglary regarding copper theft.

A Lincoln man was charged with burglary in relation to the attempted theft of copper from a city building.

Lincolnshire Police officers attended a call on St Mary’s Street at around 1am on December 13 following an alarm activation.

Jonathan David Smith (31), of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with burglary. He was remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court.

Metal theft on the rise

Police are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity on their roads, as they are investigating over 20 cases of metal thefts from the past two weeks.

Between November 26-27, the majority of these crimes took place in Limeberry Place and Appleby Way in Lincoln.

Criminals cut the copper central heating outlet pipes from the outside of around 10 houses on each road. A number of houses in neighbouring streets were also affected.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: Mark Menzies