Apparently upset that the Wellesley Hills Branch Library isn’t open on Sundays for borrowing books, two Marlborough residents instead decided to try stealing copper from the outside of the building last night. Wellesley police arrested them after a neighbor noticed unusual activity.
Wellesley police caught one male metal-handed, having removed one of the copper downspouts, and readying to cut down another. Police then nabbed that suspect’s girlfriend, who was allegedly plotting to transport the copper in her car. Thieves swipe copper to resell to metal dealers, and there have been a host of such robberies in Wellesley in recent years, including from the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant last year. A couple of Wellesley churches as well as the Wellesley Recreation Center were victimized by copper thieves in 2010.
As for those latest copper stealing suspects, might we recommend Melvin Burgess’s “The Copper Treasure,” which the library reservation system is showing as being available in its inventory.