One arrested on suspicion of attempted copper theft from Krispy Kreme roof

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A man has been taken into custody after he was seen jumping to the roof of the Krispy Kreme on 1st Avenue North in Eastlake.

Around 5:00 a.m. on Friday, a witness reported seeing the man jump to the roof of the Krispy Kreme from an adjacent building. Police responded and could not see on the roof. Officers then called in the fire department to get a look.

Before authorities could get to the roof, the suspect leapt back to the abandoned building and ran into a nearby neighborhood. Police set up a perimeter and search dogs found the suspect hiding underneath an abandoned building.

It is believed that the suspect was planning on stealing copper from the Krispy Kreme. Local business owners have reported several copper thefts in the area and say the abandoned building the suspect was leaping from had been picked clean of copper from its air conditioning units.

The residents and business owners have put up barbed wire fences to keep copper thieves out, and others use cameras and dogs to prevent future burglaries from happening.

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