Burglar tries to haul away copper piping from new fire hall

Maplewood officers report they apprehended a South St. Paul man who was attempting to steal copper from the new fire and police station construction site earlier this month.

Police said Bradley Benbo, 24, has been charged with one count of third-degree burglary and one count of theft for his actions. If he is found guilty, he reportedly could face a maximum jail time of 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, Sept. 9 a Maplewood police squad noticed a pickup truck parked near the building site at 600 McKnight Road, just north of the 3M international headquarters.

Officers said they eventually observed a prowler carrying one of the many pieces of copper he had loaded into his truck. From there, they moved in to make an arrest. 

Police said the burglar was attempting to steal spools of copper piping and wire spindles with a combined value of $5,100.

The complaint alleged that after the arrest, the suspect admitted what he did. A court date for Beno has yet to be set.

The $5.5 million construction project broke ground in April and should be fully occupied in November.

Maplewood Fire and Police Station South will feature four fire department apparatus bays, departmental offices, staff support spaces and a police sub-station. The 26,000-square-foot building will also have a set of beds for on-call firefighters.

-- Tim Faklis


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