Men charged in scrap metal theft from abandoned Concord building
Two men were arrested Tuesday after the police said they were seen stealing scrap metal from an abandoned building off Storrs Street in Concord.
Manuel Vazquez and David Anderson, who are both homeless, were arrested and charged with burglary. They were arraigned yesterday at Concord’s district court where Judge Gerard Boyle set bail at $2,000 cash for each after a prosecutor argued they presented a risk of flight in part because they lacked permanent residence in Concord.
According to the police, 59-year-old Vazquez and 22-year-old Anderson were arrested after two officers on bicycle patrol were dispatched to the area off Storrs Street near the railroad tracks about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The officers heard sounds of pounding on metal as they approached the building, and saw scrap metal being thrown from a second-story window. The police said they found Vazquez and Anderson in the building, which is privately owned and marked “no trespassing.”
In court yesterday a lawyer representing Vazquez said both men were cooperative with the police and told officers that they didn’t know it was illegal to take metal from the building. Vazquez, who shook his head from right to left repeatedly as the charges against him were read, began to nod affirmatively as his lawyer spoke. He then pinched the bridge of his nose with his hand and started to cry.
While the attorney told Boyle that Vazquez could live with a friend in Concord, giving him the permanent residence needed for him to be supervised by the county’s pretrial services should he be released, the judge decided to keep the cash bail.
Boyle also included a $700 personal recognizance bail for Vazquez due to two court fines he said hadn’t been paid for several years.