Dorchester man charged with breaking into a home and stealing piping

A Dorchester man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court after he allegedly broke into a family’s basement in the middle of the night to cut apart and steal the copper piping from their water boiler, police said.

Stephen Furr, 48, was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, and possession of a burglarious tool. He is being held on $1,500 cash bail and is slated to return to court for a pretrial hearing on March 14, a court clerk said.

Boston police responded to a home on Leroy Street for a report of a breaking and entering in progress at 2:18 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowners told police they heard a loud bang coming from the basement, and believed someone was hiding there.

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Officers reported seeing a broken window in the basement and that the door leading from the basement to the first floor was latched shut.

After forming a perimeter around the house, officers announced themselves and entered the basement.

Furr was arrested after police discovered him hiding underneath the basement staircase, along with a pipe cutter and numerous chunks of copper piping cut from the hot water boiler.