A suspected serial copper thief was caught in the act of cutting off and attempting to steal copper from a home on Old Mill Lane in Remsenburg on Monday afternoon and now faces 13 felony charges.
Police arrested Jonathon Hodgdon, 21, of Mastic at about 1:45 p.m. and believe he was behind a rash of copper thefts that have been occurring in the area since April, according to police.
Mr. Hodgdon was charged with six counts of third-degree grand larceny, five counts of second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, as well as petit larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools, all misdemeanors.
Police believe Mr. Hodgdon would case an area looking for valuable metals such as copper then return later to steal them so he could sell them to local recycling centers for cash, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
He was held overnight arraigned and released, according to police.
Quogue Village Police and Westhampton Beach Village Police are expected to file charges against Mr. Hodgdon as well. Southampton Town Police have classified the investigation as ongoing.