EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 6, 2012

Sandown man charged with copper thefts in four towns

By Alex Lippa

---- — A Sandown man has been charged with seven counts of burglary for allegedly stripping homes of their copper piping in four towns.

Teddy Willette, 32, faces three burglary charges in Sandown, two in Hampstead, and one each in Plaistow and Atkinson. He also is charged with three counts of criminal mischief in Sandown.

Police said Willette targeted vacant homes, either for sale or in foreclosure, and removed copper piping from heating and water systems.

Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones said her department was contacted by Atkinson police last month. Days later, a warrant was issued for Willette’s arrest and was served to him in the county jail. He previously was charged as a habitual offender driving with a suspended driver's license.

Hampstead police said Willette caused more than $10,000 in damage to the two houses he burglarized in that town. The damage to the house in Plaistow exceeded, police said.

Police said Willette sold all the copper to Winfield Alloy, a metal recycling business in Atkinson. Employees there were helpful to police in their investigation, Atkinson Sgt. Patrick Caggiano said earlier, including supplying police with surveillance video that showed Willette driving on the property.

Willette is scheduled to appear in 10th Circuit Court in Plaistow Feb. 4 for a probable cause hearing.