MERIDEN — Three city men face charges after police said they were found attempting to steal copper pipe from a vacant home on Summer Street.
James Labbe, 26, Brian Labbe, 28, and Jason Labbe, 27, all of 87 Horton Ave., were charged Friday with possession of burglary tools, third-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
On Friday morning an officer conducting an extra patrol after recent reports of theft of copper pipe from vacant homes saw a pickup pull into the driveway of one of the homes, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. The officer found Jason Labbe attempting to get into the driver seat and James and Brian Labbe near the truck.
Jason Labbe told police he was taking photos for a home improvement company, but could not provide the company information, McKay said.
Officers discovered a door handle and lock were missing from the home and found cut copper pipe on the kitchen floor and in the basement, McKay said. James Labbe eventually told police they were at the home to cut the copper piping.
All three men were taken into custody and later released on $2,500 bonds. They are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Friday.