Suspect uses PVC pipe to steal copper

A man in Linden, N.J. was arrested July 9 for allegedly stealing copper pipes from a Home Depot sore by stuffing them in PVC piping, according to an article in the Verona-Cedar Grove Times.

William Mueller, 35, was observed by a store loss-prevention officer, who said he observed the suspect put the copper pipes, valued at $1,876, inside of PVC pipes and then use caps for the ends to conceal the copper. The store called police, and Mueller was arrested as he was leaving the store after purchasing just the PVC pipe. He is being charged with third-degree shoplifting.