BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - State Police say they didn't have a tough time finding two alleged metal thieves who walked out of Home Depot with copper pipes.
On Saturday, troopers were called to the Home Depot on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia for a reported larceny of copper pipes. While speaking to employees, police say one of the suspects, 30-year-old Robert Peachey of Oakfield, walked back into the store to retrieve the wallet he had dropped while allegedly stealing the pipes.
Peachey was promptly arrested, and authorities say they found the pipes and his alleged partner in crime, 52-year-old Roy Hooten of Oakfield, in a vehicle in the parking lot.
Troopers say to steal the pipes, Hooten allegedly distracted an employee while Peachey allegedly walked the copper pipes out of the store.
Peachey is charged with fourth degree grand larceny, fifth degree conspiracy and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and taken to the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Hooten is charged with fifth degree conspiracy and is due back in court later this month.
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