An alert neighbor helped to thwart what police think was going to be another of Sharon’s copper-plumbing burglaries that have been occurring in recent weeks.
Marcie Redmond of 801 S. Oakland Ave. was charged after police found her inside a vacant house at about 11 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of Spruce Avenue.
A neighbor called 911 after seeing the 42-year-old suspect carrying a bag as she went into the house known to be unoccupied for some time, police Chief Mike Menster said.
“She was carrying a white bag full of hand tools,” he said. “She wasn’t cutting pipe or anything like that, but based on tools she had with her, we suspect she was there to cut scrap.”
He commended the neighbor for acting after seeing something suspicious.
“We’ve had a bunch of these scrap burglaries but this time, a vigilant neighbor decided, ‘I’d better call it in to be sure,’ and it worked out well,” Menster said.
Redmond, who also had a warrant against her for violating parole, was taken to Mercer County Jail.
In a case reported the day before at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, a burglar managed to steal valuable metals a few blocks away.
Someone forced a door open to enter a house in the 600 block of Sherman Avenue and stole a stainless steel sink from the bathroom and copper plumbing from the basement, Menster said.
Utilities to the vacant house had been disconnected for some time, he said.