Man arrested on roof after stealing copper wire

Middletown, Conn. (WTNH)– Police caught a suspect red-handed on the roof of an Electrical Wholesalers on Saturday, stealing copper wire.

Roman Skrzypecki, 38, of Southington, was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief.

Following several complaints from the company, police set up surveillance outside the building, which is located at 705 Middle Street in Middletown.

Skrzypecki showed up and made entry into the building through the roof around 6:30 on Saturday morning, according to police. He entered a hatchway and landed on metal storage bins, never touching the floor. 

He then walked on top of the bins until he found the copper wire that he sought.

Middletown Detectives worked in conjunction with patrol officers who held the perimeter, CSP Troop F who provided a K-9 to assist in the building search and Westfield Fire who provided the ladder truck to remove the suspect safely from the roof.

The Middletown Police Department will be continuing their investigation into the other burglaries at Electrical Wholesalers to determine if Skrzypecki had any involvement, additional charges could be forthcoming.

Detectives also learned that Skrzypecki has a pending court case stemming from an arrest by Farmington Police Department for a similar incident.

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