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Smyrna Police Department Arrested a Second Suspect in Copper Thefts

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 SMYRNA, Del. – Smyrna Police Department arrested a second suspect in copper thefts that caused approximately $27,000 in damage at the Smyrna Middle School this past May. 

Tyler Caputo, 19, of Salerno Drive in Smyrna, was charged with one count of theft $1,500 or greater, two counts of criminal mischief $5,000 or more, two counts of conspiracy 2nd degree and two counts of criminal trespass 3rd degree. Caputo was arraigned and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $10,002 secured bail. 

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the Smyrna Police Department arrested Carl Henderson, 33, of the 200 block of Silver Birch Lane in Bear, in connection with the copper thefts. He was arrested for two counts of theft $1,500 or greater, two counts of criminal mischief over $5,000, two counts of conspiracy 2nd degree and three counts of criminal trespass 3rd degree. Henderson was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in default of $12,003 bail. 

The thefts occurred on May 12 and 13 at the middle school located at 700 Duck Creek Parkway in Smyrna. Police said copper was also stolen from the Delaware Public Health Lab located at 30 Sunnyside Road on Aug. 18. Detectives determined that individuals used the roof to access both facilities and removed large amounts of copper. The estimate approximately $27,000 in damage to the Smyrna Middle School and $3,175 in damage to the Public Health Lab.

 Investigators have reason to believe Caputo and Henderson were not alone and additional suspects were involved in these crimes. Smyrna Police Department is asking anyone with information about the thefts to contact Det. Jessica Weller at (302) 653-9217. 

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