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Men Caught Pilfering Copper on Sunnen Property, Police Say

Police said a witness saw the men enter the house, and police caught them as they left.

Two men face criminal charges after police said they tried to steal copper pipe from a home almost a year ago.

The home was in an area slated for demolition for the Mini Cooper dealership.

said a witness saw the men entering the home, in the 3000 block of Coleman Avenue on Oct. 29, 2011. Police caught them as they were leaving the home with copper pipe. A police report said the back door had been kicked in.

Alvin Jefferson, 36, of the 10300 block of Ashbrook in Bellefontaine Neighbors, and L.B. Robinson, 50, of the 7100 block of Michigan Avenue in St. Louis, were charged Tuesday with second-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing.

The pipe was owned by Sunnen Products, according to the police report.

Bond was set at $7,500 each.

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Jon September 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I'm puzzled. If the crime was committed in October, 2011 and the alleged perpetrators were caught on-site that very day, why is this article being printed now, eleven months later? Is this old news, or is there a new element that is not mentioned in the article? I ask because crime news makes readers uneasy about their safety. If the news is current and accurate that uneasiness may serve a purpose. But if the news is old, this dis-ease serves disrupts our sense of community unnecessarily and is harmful.
Doug Miner September 08, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The suspected crime happened last October, but they were just charged on Tuesday, as stated in the article, and that's when the police released the mug shots. A suspected crime isn't made public until someone is charged.
Jon September 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
A second comment about whether crime articles are current or old news: In the "In The Article" group of links to related items (presented to the right of the main article), there are three links to articles reporting other crimes. None of these is current. The dates of the covered events were Nov., 2011, and June and July of this year. The source links don't list the dates of the events, so there is no way way to note theses crimes are long past unless the reader actually navigates to the linked articles. Again the impression given is that there is a lot of crime going on all around us right now. This unfairly casts a negative impression of Maplewood, As a simple matter of clarity, links to articles reporting specific events should clearly state the date the event occurred. This will offer readers an important perspective.
Doug Miner September 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Jon– How "current" does something need to be, to be considered worth clicking on? I'd argue that if a suspected crime happened within the last year it's worth knowing about.

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