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LPD: Man steals copper from business, hides in brush as police search

Benjamin C. Temple
Benjamin C. Temple(Lincoln Police Department)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 10:08 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A man is facing charges after officers with the Lincoln Police Department said he was hiding behind brush at a business and had stolen copper in the bed of his truck.

Around 3:20 a.m. on Friday, officers responded to Lincoln WinAir, near 9th and Van Dorn Streets, for a report of a burglary alarm.

LPD said the owner reported that a suspect or suspects were removing pieces of copper from old air conditioner parts from the business’ scrap yard.

Police said officers established a perimeter in the area and found Benjamin C. Temple hiding behind the brush that bordered the rear of the business.

According to police, officers continued searching the scene and located a Ford F-150 with a piece of air conditioning equipment and various pieces of copper in the bed of the truck.

LPD said the truck was insured by Temple and the copper that officers found was valued at approximately $1,350.

Officers processed the scene for forensic and digital evidence, as well as obtained video surveillance from the business that captured Temple arriving at Lincoln WinAir in the truck.

Temple was arrested and is facing burglary charges.

LPD said investigators are working to see if Temple was alone or if other people were involved in the crime.

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