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Homeless man stole down spouting and grates from Lafayette College buildings, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 11 2013 12:02:21 PM CST
EASTON, Pa. -

A homeless man is responsible for the theft of copper down spouting and cast iron grates from several Lafayette College buildings over the last two weeks, officials said.

Bryan J. Fitzpatrick sold down spouting and grates stolen from Lafayette to Easton Iron & Metal Co., 1100 Buskhill Drive, last Thursday and again on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Last Thursday, Fitzpatrick was paid $30.98 for 10 pounds of light copper and 63 pounds of #1 steel and on Tuesday he received $45.65 for 17 pounds of light copper and 37 pounds of light iron, officials said.

Fitzpatrick admitted to stealing the metal after he was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, just after making the sale to Easton Iron & Metal, officials noted.

Fitzpatrick targeted Van Wickle Hall, McKeen Hall, Gates Hall and South College Hall last week and Hogg Hall early Tuesday morning, officials said.

Replacement and labor costs for Hogg Hall and Gates Hall were estimated by school officials to be at least $600, officials said.

Fitzpatrick had an accomplice in the metal theft last week, officials said, but the man is not identified in court papers.

Fitzpatrick, 24, was arraigned on a charge of receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 17.