Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Copper Pipe Thieves Arrested Crawling Under Home From Bail Bondsman In Compton

A call of people crawling under a home Saturday at 10:30am, sent sheriff's deputies to a possible home burglary.

Compton Sheriff's Station deputies arrived at the vacant house on S. Tamarind Ave. in Compton within three minutes and heard voices coming from underneath the home.

Apparently the hidden suspects heard deputies asking for a sheriff's K-9 unit and decided it was in their best interest to surrender.

The investigation by deputies revealed that the suspects were allegedly there to steal copper piping from underneath the home.

In thefts like this, copper plumbing piping is taken from a home, then the thieves typically go to a recycling center where the material is sold as scrap.

Two suspects who were arrested after crawling underneath the home were identified as 19-year old Guillermo Fraire (Bkg No. 3062957), and 18-year old Michele Damato (Bkg No. 3063003).

Also taken into custody was 25-year old Fatima Alvaro (Bkg No. 3062950) who waited in the get-away car outside the vacant home.

Inside the suspects gold 2005 Chevrolet Impala, deputies found additional copper pipes taken from another residence.

(See photos of the suspects and the pipes in the suspects car trunk by clicking on the hyperlink at the bottom of this message).

The three suspects were arrested for residential burglary and booked at the Century Regional Detention Facility of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Each has a bail set at $50,000.00. The three suspects are Compton residents.

It is unknown exactly how much piping was stolen / recovered, as this case is actively being investigated.

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