Police arrested a suspected copper metal burglar and are looking for his accomplice after a neighbor reported a break-in on Union Street in Bristol Saturday morning.
Carlos Rivera, 39, of Bristol, is facing multiple burglary charges.
Police responded to 38 Union Street at 8:44 a.m. after a neighbor called police to report that two men were breaking into an unoccupied home on his street, police said. The two men fled when police arrived and officers apprehended one of them during a short foot pursuit, according to police.
Officers said that the second suspect hasn't been located at this time.
The burglars cut copper piping and removed radiators and stacked the items in a first floor room, police said. The homeowner and a plumbing contractor came to the scene and determined that there was about $20,000 to $25,000 dollars in damage to the plumbing system at the house, according to police.
Police charged Rivera with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools and first-degree criminal mischief.
Police held River in custody on a $50,000 surety bond and he is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Sept. 2.