For a thief, stealing copper is rarely a way to a six-figure income.
Unless, that is, you find the mother lode, which is what Prince George’s County Police say a Suitland man did.
Once a week, often late on a Thursday or Friday, Kevin Andrew Price, 50, would drive his pickup behind a Pepco facility in Upper Marlboro, scale a fence and return with hundreds of pounds of copper wire, county police say.
He’d drive away with a truck load worth the equivalent of a hefty week’s pay, and come back the following payday for more.
What’s more, police say, rarely would anyone at Pepco notice.
Price, of the 4800 block of Davis Avenue, was arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering and theft.
Pepco only reported two thefts at the facility at 8500 Pepco Place, county police said. But they believe Price burglarized the facility seven or eight times. They have estimated his known haul in May at 2,500 pounds, worth approximately $10,000.
The department’s regional investigations unit used surveillance video from the location and ultimately found a worker at the facility who identified Price as the suspect.