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Man Caught Allegedly Stealing Copper Piping, Cops Say

Livingston police were tipped off by an alert security guard.


Livingston police arrested a 45-year-old Morristown man and his 39-year-old accomplice after police said the man was trying to steal about $500 worth of copper piping from a vacant home on South Orange Avenue Monday, Livingston Det. Sgt. Anthony Dippold said.

A security guard, who had gone to check on a house located at 651 S. Orange Ave., saw Alton Robinson allegedly removing the piping from the home, located on the grounds of the East Orange Water Company at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, Dippold said.

The guard noticed footprints in the snow leading to the front door, saw a window in the front of the house was broken and heard noise coming from the house, Dippold said.

"The man was carrying a quantity of copper tubing used in plumbing," he said. "The employee detained him" and called police, he added.

Also arrested was Danielle Caterino of Mine Hill who sat outside the house in a parked car waiting for Robinson to return, officials said.

Police charged Robinson with burglary and theft. He is being held in the Essex County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Caterino was charged with conspiracy, Dippold said. She is being held in the Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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