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Man charged in Schenectady copper theft

Man charged in Schenectady copper theft

A Schenectady man caused an estimated $500 in damage last October to steal $16 worth of piping, auth

A Schenectady man caused an estimated $500 in damage last October to steal $16 worth of piping, authorities allege.

Douglas Kaminski, 53, of 417 Union St., was charged Thursday with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, felonies, along with petty larceny and stolen property possession, misdemeanors.

He is accused of breaking into a building on Broadway, near Hamilton Street, sometime during the night of Oct. 25 and cutting out about 12 feet of copper piping from newly installed hot water heaters, according to papers filed in court.

Kaminski then allegedly sold the copper piping at Predel’s for $16.80. The pipe itself was valued at $100, while the total damage was estimated at $500, according to papers.

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