Three men arrested for copper thefts (with photos)

By Amy Khuu

Three men arrested for copper thefts (with photos)

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Police Department arrested three men accused of separate copper thefts thanks to tips from citizens.

For several weeks police say they've seen an increase in burglaries at both vacant and occupied homes.

Police are asking residents to call them if they see someone suspicious.

The calls started coming at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

One person reported seeing a suspicious man on the back porch of a vacant home on Crary Avenue.

Police found Steven Knight, 35, in the basement trying to cut and remove copper pipes. He's charged with burglary.

About an hour later, a person flagged down police on Walnut Street about a man near a vacant home. They found Willie J. Brodus, 43, of Binghamton, in the basement also removing pipes.

Police believe Brodus is connected to several thefts in Binghamton and Johnson City. They say he will be arraigned on several burglary charges.

And just after noon, police received a call to come to Pratt Court and then stopped a man running from the area.

They believe Deacon Savona, 34, of Endicott, was trying to get into a home.

He's charged with attempted burglary.

Binghamton police are asking anyone with information to call (607) 772-7080.