MAN CAUGHT WITH COPPER
Police arrested a Butte man for felony burglary early Sunday morning after they said they caught him in the basement of an apartment building stealing copper wire and plumbing. Police said the owner of the under-renovation Apex Apartments called dispatch around 4:45 a.m. Sunday to report security footage of two men in the basement of his building on the 400 block of West Park Street. Officers were previously called to the building hours earlier at 11 p.m. on Saturday where the owner showed police security footage of two men stealing a shop light at 2 a.m. Officers patrolling the area hoping to catch the burglars responded to the call and noticed the building's back door was open with copper wire and plumbing stacked inside ready to be taken out. In the basement, police found Thomas Crump, 44, who was booked for felony burglary. Crump was previously released from jail on April 18 after being arrested at a casino for felony criminal contempt after officers recognized him and ran his criminal history. Police said Crump had a bench warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear before Judge Brad Newman in Butte District Court for an arraignment on burglary charges on March 16. Crump pleaded not guilty to that earlier burglary charge on April 6.
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BUTTE PRODUCE EMBEZZLEMENT
Butte police received a report of embezzlement by an employee of Butte Produce and Supply Company on Friday morning. Police said the business's owner and accountants met with police and gave them documents they said showed an employee siphoning off $10,000 between November and February. Police said they were told the employee had access to customer accounts and that a total of $16,000 was unaccounted for. A detective has been assigned to the investigation.