Police: Copper thief surrenders rather than face K-9

A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson said officers were able to get a copper thief to come out of an attic by letting him know they were going to use a K-9 if he didn't surrender.

Officers were called to the 3800 block of E. Lynwood Drive in Beaumont's north end early Thursday. The homeowner's son was staying in the house while repairs were being made. He told police heard someone in the attack and ran outside to call the police.

When officers arrived they saw copper tubing being pulled from the air conditioner into the attic.

The man in the attic, later identified by police as James Carter, 42, a transient, was given numerous commands to come down from the attic. Officers said they could see him trying to hide. They shouted to him that a K-9 was on the way. He then decided to come out and was taken into custody.

Carter was taken to the Jefferson County jail and booked in for burglary of a habitation.


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