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Citizens Help in Arrests of Copper Thieves

From Binghamton Police:

Over the past several weeks the Binghamton Police Department has seen an increase in burglaries where copper was being removed from vacant and occupied dwellings. The police department asked area residents to be vigilant in watching for suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods and to report it to the police immediately.

This morning, 11/13/2013, at approximately 8:30 am, a citizen reported a suspicious male on the back porch of a vacant house on Crary Avenue. The police responded and located Steven C. Knight in the basement. Knight was in possession of cutting tools and was in the process of removing copper pipes. Knight was taken into custody without incident.

Then at approximately 9:45 am, police were flagged down by a citizen who reported seeing a suspicious male in the area of a vacant house on Walnut Street. When the police arrived to the house they could hear an individual cutting and banging in the basement. The police entered the basement and located Willie J. Brodus, Jr. in the process of removing copper pipes. Brodus was taken into custody without incident.

Knight was charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, arraigned in City Court and remanded to the custody of the Broome County Jail. Brodus has been connected to several burglaries in the City of Binghamton and Village of Johnson City. Brodus is being charged with several counts of burglary and is being held in city lock-up and will be arraigned in City Court.

In addition to the two earlier arrest, at approximately 12:10 pm a citizen called in a suspicious incident on Pratt Court. The police responded to the area and stopped a male running from the area. The investigation determined that Savona attempted to enter a residence on Pratt Court. This male was identified as Deacon C. Savona. Savona was charged with one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree. Savona was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the custody of the Broome County Jail.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski would like to release the following statement, “I would like to thank the citizens of Binghamton for being vigilant and answering the department’s request to immediately report to the police suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Police officers cannot be every place in the city at once and we rely on the citizens to be our eyes and ears in their neighborhoods. These citizens greatly aided the police in apprehending these criminals when they were committing crimes in progress”.

Arrestee: Steven C. Knight
W/M Age: 35
No Permanent Address

Arrestee: Willie J. Brodus
B/M Age: 43
Binghamton, New York

Arrestee: Deacon C. Savona
W/M Age: 34
Endicott, New York

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at (607) 772-7080.
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