Man accused of stealing 400 pounds of copper

Police say McMullen tried to steal more wire before fleeing from construction site

A homeless man is behind bars after police say he stole hundreds of pounds of copper.

Douglas J. McMullen, 39, was arrested early Tuesday after a security guard monitoring the former Bon Secours hospital building, where construction is now underway on the Graystone Grand Villas apartments, called Altoona police.

According to police, it was 2:27 a.m. when Altoona police were dispatched to the site, located on the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue, and found McMullen running from the building.

Police said McMullen ran across Seventh Avenue and was stopped by an officer.

He allegedly thrashed around in an attempt to get onto his feet. McMullen continued to struggle, even after another officer arrived to assist. McMullen was ultimately handcuffed with the help of two additional officers.

Police said McMullen got into the building through a crack in the wall and had stolen 400 pounds of copper wire. He was in the process of taking another 400 pounds of wire when police arrived and he ran.

McMullen was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor counts of theft and resisting arrest. McMullen was jailed in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 27 at Central Court.

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