2 Accused of Stealing Copper Piping From Norwich Home

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    Norwich Police Department
    Eric Vic (left) and Kevin Banta are accused of stealing copper piping from a vacant home in Norwich.

    Two men are facing charges after stealing copper piping from a vacant home on Joseph Perkins Road in Norwich, according to police.

    Eric Vic, 29, and Kevin Banta, 30, were arrested Wednesday morning. Police said witnesses helped them identify the suspects’ vehicle, and officers set up surveillance in the area until they spotted the car.

    Inside, officers found “tools generally used to commit burglaries,” according to police.

    Banta and Vic were each charged with possession of burglar tools, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and sixth-degree larceny. Vic was additionally charged with carrying weapons in a motor vehicle.

    They were held on $25,000 bonds and are due in court Thursday.

    Police said the investigation is ongoing and has provided insight into a number of unsolved burglaries in Norwich and the surrounding area. They expect to make additional arrests.