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Couple charged with allegedly stealing copper pipes from abandoned building on Golden Strip | Crime reports

Loyalsock Township, Pa. — A couple from Williamsport were arrested last weekend for allegedly stealing copper pipes from a vacant Golden Strip building that will soon be razed to make way for a Chipotle restaurant.

James R. Kane, 46, and Cheryl A. Kane, 43, have been charged with felonies of burglary, criminal trespassing; misdemeanor theft, drug possession and related charges for the incident that occurred early in the morning of March 12.

According to a report from PSP Montoursville, the couple arrived at 1955 E. Third Street, the former King House Buffet, shortly before 6:30 a.m. The couple then removed copper pipes and valves from the building.

Police located the couple later that day and took them into custody. The two were arraigned by Appeal District Judge William C. Solomon who set bail at $100,000 monetary. Cheryl’s bail was later lowered to $99,000 to make her eligible for supervised bail.

James and Cheryl Kane have both been remanded to Lycoming County Jail and are awaiting a preliminary hearing set for March 28 at District Judge Gary A. Whiteman’s office.

The building is due to be razed this spring after Loyalsock Township supervisors approved the development of the land for a Chipotle restaurant. The establishment used to be an Asian buffet restaurant that has been closed for at least 10 years.

Copper theft has increased in recent years, as copper is currently worth more than $4 per pound. The US Department of Energy says increased theft has become a $1 billion a year problem, according to West Bend Insurance. Construction sites, abandoned buildings and commercial air and heating units have been targeted by thieves who sell the copper for cash.

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