Winchester Police have arrested three men in connection with a July copper theft that resulted in $30,000 in damage to a vacant warehouse.
Samuel Maupin, 21, and brothers John and Paul Baker, 24 and 26, were arrested last Wednesday after investigators obtained confessions from Maupin and John Baker. A fourth suspect may be arrested soon, police said.
According to Detective Danny Thomas, the men kicked in the back door and went through a back window of the old Chicago Rubber Building at 60 Rowland Ave. before stripping 1,300 pounds of copper from the walls and ceilings. The building is two houses down from Paul Baker's residence at 86 Brink Ave.
Copper averages $2.60 a pound at recycling centers, so the payoff would have been roughly more than $2,000, Thomas said.
Copper thefts have been prevalent this summer, with at least six reported cases since June. Thieves often destroy air conditioner units to get to the metal.