Neighbors Help Police Catch Suspected Copper Thieves

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(Memphis)  Back in September, copper thieves broke into a vacant house in the 3500 block of Trezevant and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Police say they might have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for some neighbors who decided to get involved.

Beth Hanks said she and another neighbor became suspicious one night when they saw an SUV sitting in the driveway of the empty rental property for about an hour.

The other neighbor was able to get a good description of the car, a mid 90's, green Chevy Tahoe with brown on the bottom and a loud engine.

That information became valuable when the owner of the rental property discovered the house had been stripped of its wiring.

"I had a feeling something was up, but didn't know that," said Hanks.

A month later the property owner saw the same vehicle drive by the house while he was working in the yard.

He followed it to a house about a mile and a half away and called police.

This week police arrested Dylon Chambers, the owner of the Tahoe and Edward Dye, the man chambers say was driving his SUV the day of the burglary.

They are both charged with burglary, theft of property and vandalism.

Police say they stole about $2,500 worth of copper wiring, but caused about $8,500 worth of damage to the home.