MERIDEN — Three men face charges after police said they were caught removing over 100 pounds of copper piping from a vacant home on Springdale Avenue early Wednesday.
Thomas Mills, 37, of 786 Savin Ave., West Haven, Joseph Pagini, 29, of 153 Ward St., Wallingford, and Christopher Nussas, 43, address unknown, were all charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, possession of burglary tools, attempted third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.
Police responded to the Springdale Avenue home around 3:25 a.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The officer noticed there were lights on, heard voices and a sawing coming from the basement, according to a police report. After waiting about an hour for the men to come out, police entered and took the trio into custody.
Police found copper piping in a box that weighed about 100 pounds and several feet of cut copper piping on a kitchen table, the report said. Officers also found hacksaws, screwdrivers, wrenches and a tool bag in the basement.
All three men were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. The judge set bond at $35,000 for all three and continued their cases to June 8.
– Lauren Sellew