Copper theft suspect arrested in Wilmington


A   man accused of stealing copper from  esidences in the Highlands neighborhood in Wilmington was apprehended Tuesday night.

Corporal Michael Rinehart of the Community Policing Unit began looking for Reed McCready after signing arrest warrants for copper theft from a residence in the unit block of Red Oak Road.   Residents  were on the lookout for the suspect and cooperated with Corporal Rinehart providing pictures of the suspect vehicle, a dark blue Ford F-250 with red lettering on the rear quarter panels and running boards on the sides.

Rinehart was patrolling the 1800 block of W. 16th Street when he saw the parked vehicle.   Rinehart waited for Reed McCready to emerge from a residence in the area and took him into custody without incident.  McCready was found in possession of nine bags of heroin.

Further investigation linked McCready to two other copper thefts in the Highlands neighborhood; a residence in the 2500 block of W. 17th Street and a residence in the 1900 block of Riverview Avenue.  Charges for these  l thefts were added to the outstanding warrant.

McCready was transported to Wilmington Police Headquarters where he was arraigned at JP Court 20.  He was released after posting $10,000 unsecured bond.  Anyone who observes the suspect’s vehicle in their neighborhood is  asked to contact police. A photo of McCready was not released for investigative reasons, police said.


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