Man Steals Copper Wire, Arrested on Roof of Building: Cops

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    Middletown police, along with the Westfield Fire Department, arrested Roman Skrzypecki (inset) on the roof of Electrical Wholesalers.

    A man was arrested on the roof of a building in Middletown early Saturday morning after breaking in to steal copper wire, according to police.

    Roman Skrzypecki, 38, of Southington, was charged with burglary, possessino of burglary tools, larceny and criminal mischief after reportedly stealing copper from Electric Wholesalers at 705 Middle Street in Middletown.

    Police went to investigate after receiving reports of burglaries there. Video surveillance captured a man breaking into the building several Saturdays in a row at approximately 5:30 a.m., authorities said.

    Police set up surveillance early this morning to see if the suspect would return.

    According to police, Skrzypecki arrived on schedule and entered the building through the roof around 6:30 a.m., climbing down a hatchway and landing on metal storage bins. Police said he walked across the bins until he found the wire, never touching the floor.

    Middletown police, state police and the Westfield Fire Department apprehended Skrzypecki on the roof of the building.

    Police said they're investigating other burglaries at Electrical Wholesalers to see if Skrzypecki had any involvement.

    Skrzypecki had a pending court case from an arrest in Farmington for a similar incident.

    He's due in Middletown court on Feb. 11.