DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 7th, 2006 / 03:30 PM

As a result of an ongoing initiative to thwart the sale of stolen copper piping and wire, detectives arrested a 29-year-old city man on Wednesday for burglarizing an Albany Street business, stealing copper wire and then selling it to a scrap yard.

Jonathan Wright, of 308 Craig Street, was arrested at his residence after an acquaintance sold copper tubing for him to Predelís on Edison Avenue while a detective was at the business.

Due to a significant increase in copperís value, there have been several burglaries in recent months in which copper piping was removed and then sold to Predelís. Most of the break-ins have occurred at vacant houses.

A cooperative effort between the Department and Predelís has resulted in the implementation of a more stringent procedure that requires people selling copper to provide identification and more detailed information about themselves that is forwarded to detectives. This procedure is intended to reduce copper theft and identify suspects.

Wright is charged with the felony of Burglary-3rd degree for breaking into Brothersí Electric on August 2nd. He is also suspected of burglarizing several vacant homes, stealing copper from them and selling it. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.