Residents: Copper thieves shut off water at north St. Louis apartment building

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 28 at 4:19 PM

(KMOV.com) – Residents of a north St. Louis apartment building told News 4 they had to wait more than a day before their water was turned back on after thieves shut it off while trying to steal copper pipes.

Police told News 4 several thieves tried to steal copper from the Harlan Court Apartments on Delmar around 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said three thieves stole a piece of copper pipe that is only worth $12.

“Yesterday morning when I woke up, getting ready for work and I was in the shower when the water cut off,” resident Pavuen Harold said.

Harold’s girlfriend then went outside to see what was going on and said she saw the thieves trying to get away.

“On my way back to my home I heard someone and then I see them running out the back door with a long pipe and it got stuck in the door,” Juanita Jones said.

Police said those responsible eventually got away in a red Chevrolet truck. Plumbers were eventually called, but were unable to secure the proper parts Sunday, which one nearby business owner said had a negative effect on him.

“By us not being able to cook and do stuff today without water, we’re losing a whole day of income, which for a small business it’s already hard in today’s economy,” business owner DeArmond White said.

Residents said plumbers arrived Monday and finished repairs just before 1:00 p.m.

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