Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Man Accused of Copper Theft

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Man Accused of Copper Theft

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WALLINGTON -- A Paterson man believed to have stolen copper from a funeral home was caught by the borough's chief of police after a foot chase that began in a recycling yard, authorities said in a news release Thursday.

Police suspected that Derrick Brown, 46, had stolen 44 pounds of copper after they responded to a report on Tuesday that two men were stealing metal from a rear yard at the Warner Wozniak Funeral Service on Midland Avenue, said the borough's police chief, Carmello Imbruglia.

It was the second time this week that an arrest was made in Bergen County for the alleged theft of copper, a national trend that has been fueled by a growing market and higher prices for scrap metal. On Monday, two men were caught after a car chase for allegedly breaking into two Englewood homes and stealing copper piping, causing a flood in one of the homes.

Brown was caught after leading police on a foot chase after they confronted him in the Allied Waste recycling yard across the street from the funeral home, Imbruglia said. …

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