3 arrested in copper thefts

DEARBORN — Three Detroit men suspected of several copper thefts were arraigned March 13 in 19th District Court.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against Derek Carter, 22; Devonte Curry, 18; and James Hannum, 18, is scheduled for Friday in 19th District Court. The three are accused of stealing copper from a Hartwell Street house under renovation, according to a city press release.

The three were arrested March 12, by Dearborn police officers who observed and surveilled their alleged suspicious behavior.

Early March 12, officers noticed the three men walking in the area of Tireman and Bingham streets and established surveillance on their activity, according to the release.

A police canine was brought in after the officers lost sight of the men in the area of Reuter and Morross streets.

The canine tracked the men who were in the process of removing the copper plumbing, and the officers arrested them inside the house.

The men were each arraigned on March 13 on one count of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad said Dearborn police will stay vigilant in their efforts to catch criminals.

“The Dearborn police will continue to patrol neighborhoods in marked as well as unmarked police vehicles to maintain our presence and discourage those who would negatively impact the quality of life our residents have come to expect,” Haddad said.