Two Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Copper From Old Belmont County Restaurant
BELLAIRE, Ohio -
Bellaire Police said two people are behind bars after they were allegedly caught stealing copper out of a closed restaurant on Wednesday morning.
An 18-year-old is in the Belmont County Jail and a 17-year-old is in the Sargus Center. It all happened at the former Union Street Station building.
Police said the thieves got in through a basement entrance, stole the copper pipes then took off to Martins Ferry to cash in on it. However, a witness was watching it all happen. He saw the theft, hopped into his car and followed the thieves, calling police on the way.
"Well, he stayed at a distance and did the right thing. Got the license number of the vehicle, description of the individuals. One went down through the basement and one was in the car, loading the copper into the car. And again, one of the good people of Bellaire. That's how we solve crimes in this town. From the good people in this town who take a lot of pride here in the all-American town," said Police Chief Mike Kovalyk.
Both suspects are facing charges of breaking and entering and receiving stolen property. Police said the adult, Christopher Michael Mellott, 18, of Winding Hill, is facing an addition charge of resisting arrest because he reportedly became combative both on the scene and at the jail.