Apparent Copper Theft Leads To Flooding of Future REOC Building
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Crews from Christa Construction and others are assessing the damage from a flood discovered Tuesday morning in the future home of the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center.
Crews say copper piping was torn out of the building on Chestnut Street in Rochester and the water lines were live meaning they had water running through them.
Police have not yet confirm reports from the construction crew that piping was stolen on two occasions on Sunday and Monday. Crews on the scene say arrests were made. One arrest came after a worker found someone with piping selling it at a local scrap dealer. Crews said the other suspect was picked up by police after they saw him walking near the building with shopping cart containing piping.
Damage is being assessed and there’s no word on if this will affect the project which is due to be completed sometime in 2011.
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center