Two men have been charged with burglary after a neighbor foiled a scrap-metal theft in the city of Poughkeepsie, police said.
Daryl Thrasher, 40, and Jake Corston, 45, both of the city of Poughkeepsie, were charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, felonies; and possession of burglar's tools, a misdemeanor.
On Tuesday, a neighbor spotted the men removing items from a vacant apartment building at 330 Church St. and called police at 5:28 a.m., Det. Sgt. Walter Horton said. Responding officers found the men near a pickup truck that contained numerous cast iron home heating radiators and some copper piping. It was determined that the items had been taken from inside the building, and the suspects were arrested at the scene, Horton said.
Police did not have an estimate on the resale value of the snatched metal.
The men were arraigned Tuesday before City Court Judge Katherine Moloney and are being held in the Dutchess County Jail without bail. Their next court date is Monday. No attorney was listed for either suspect Wednesday in City Court records.
Scrap metal thefts have become epidemic in the Hudson Valley and around the country as the value of metals such as aluminum and copper has risen at the same time the economy is sputtering. In October, Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, proposed legislation designed to curb the illicit sale of stolen scrap metal by requiring proof of ownership, limiting payouts for scrap to $100 and making it a federal offense to steal metal from critical infrastructure. A similar law went into effect in Virginia on Oct. 1.