DERRY — Two people face charges for trying to steal copper wire from the town recycling center, police said.
April Welch, 31, and Brian Reid, 43, both of 100 Rockingham Road in Derry, were charged with attempted theft after a large amount of copper wire was taken Oct. 19, police Capt. Vern Thomas said.
"The copper bin was pretty much cleaned out and it was strewn along the roadway," Thomas said Friday.
The amount and value of the copper wire were not available.
Car keys found at the scene were later matched to a vehicle found parked on Ela Avenue, he said.
Police issued warrants for both Welch and Reid, her boyfriend.
Welch was arrested Nov. 5 when the car she was driving was found parked on Route 28. Klonopin and Subutex pills, syringes and other drug paraphernalia were confiscated from the car.
Welch was charged with driving while under the influence of a controlled drug, possession of controlled drugs and transportation of a controlled drug. Bail was set at $5,000 cash and she is to appear in Derry District Court on Jan. 12.
Reid turned himself in to police Monday. His bail was set at $2,000 cash. He is scheduled to appear in Derry District Court on Dec. 15. Both suspects were being held at the county jail.
The incident at the recycling center is just one of several recently reported in the area involving the theft of copper.
Derry police investigated several cases of copper being stolen from vacant homes in the last few months.
"What we have found is that people are breaking into houses that are for sale, that are vacant and for sale, and cutting out the plumbing, the copper plumbing," Thomas said last month.
In Salem, about $50,000 in copper wire was stolen from the Market Basket construction site on Route 28 in early October, police said.
Forty-six spools, weighing between 35 and 45 pounds each, were taken, according to Salem police Sgt. Joel Dolan. Police said they believe a forklift left at the site was used to move the copper wire.
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