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Taunton man accused of stealing copper pipe from home

By Jenna Duncan
Globe Correspondent / May 18, 2011

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A Taunton man was arraigned Monday after he and another man allegedly broke into an elderly woman’s home and stole her copper piping, causing her basement to flood, police said.

Roger Longmire, 29, pleaded not guilty in Taunton District Court to charges of breaking and entering daytime for felony, two counts of malicious destruction of property, larceny under $250 by false pretense, and receiving stolen property under $200.

The victim, an unidentified 81-year-old woman on Hopewell Street in Taunton, reported on May 10 that she could not heat her home, and when she went to the basement she discovered it was flooded, a Taunton police report said. She called her son, and they then called police.

An officer discovered the basement door kicked in and about 100 feet of copper piping was missing, along with a metal water overflow tank, the report said. When the piping was removed, the water flooded the basement.

Police said a second man was involved in the break-in, but he has not yet been charged.

The two later sold the stolen parts to Enos Metals in Taunton, the report said.

Both men denied the theft of the pipes and tank, saying they were on the lookout when the other broke into the home.

Longmire was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail and is scheduled to return to Taunton District Court on June 13 for a pretrial, a spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office said.

Jenna Duncan can be reached at jduncan@globe.com.