SPOKANE, Wash.--A Spokane Valley man said he was inside a building checking circuit breakers that provide power to a Christmas tree stand when he heard someone in the upstairs of the building. The man said it sounded like someone was tearing things down.
Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the possible burglary at 10 N. Pines Road and could both hear noises coming from the rear of the building.
The deputies saw drywall torn from studs as they approached the upstairs office. They saw 52-year-old Charles Culp using a large pipe to pry fixtures from the ceiling. Culp was taken into custody.
One deputy could see several pieces of metal pipe and fixtures strewn across the floor. Culp told the deputy he was taking mostly copper and said it was worth around $2 per pound. Culp said he did not have permission to be in the building.
He was booked into jail for felony charge of second degree burglary and an additional charge of possession of burglar tools.