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Two arrested in theft of copper pipes from Wellesley library

Posted by Evan Allen  September 10, 2012 03:14 PM

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A man and a woman from Marlborough pleaded not guilty Monday in Dedham District Court to charges related to the theft of about $300 worth of copper piping from a Wellesley library, according to police and court documents.

Eric Busuito, 23, and Crystal Alden, 33, were arrested Sunday night after Wellesley police found them hiding near the Hills Branch of the Wellesley Free Library on Washington Street, according to court documents. Busuito had been cutting copper downspouts off the building, the documents said.

When police searched Alden’s car, they also found heroin and eight boxes of Men’s Rogaine, worth $49.99 each, which Alden told police Busuito had stolen from a CVS, according to court documents.

A neighbor called police around 9 p.m. on Sunday to report a man hiding in the bushes near the library, according to the police report. When officers arrived, Busuito jumped out of a tree with tin snips.

He had allegedly removed about six feet of a copper downspout, which was lying on the ground next to him, according to police, and he was in the process of cutting off a second downspout.

Police arrested Busuito, and as they were investigating the scene, saw Alden, who appeared to be hiding behind a car in the parking lot of the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, which is across the street from the library.

Alden tried to flee in her car, but was stopped by police. When officers searched her car, they found heroin-filled hypodermic needles and the Rogaine, according to court documents.

Busuito was charged with larceny over $250, malicious and wanton destruction of property, and trespassing. Alden was charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen property over $250, possession of drugs, and trespassing.

Both were released on personal recognizance after their arraignments. The two live at the same address in Marlborough, according to court documents.

Copper is popular among thieves, according to Wellesley Police, because it fetches a high resale price. In the past, said Wellesley police spokeswoman Lieutenant Marie Cleary, the town has had issues with copper theft, but nothing has been reported in about a year.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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