Crime

Employee catches construction site burglar on surveillance camera, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A 42-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after being found in a construction site, police said.

Officers were called around 11:30 p.m. to a Findorff Construction site at 821 E. Washington Ave. for a report of a burglary in progress, according to a release.

Officials said the construction site had been burglarized four times over the last couple of weeks. Thousands of dollars' worth of copper piping was stolen.

In an effort to stop the burglaries, Findorff Construction employees installed a surveillance system, which helped them spot 42-year-old Rodney P. Wipperfurth walking around the site, according to the release.

When officers set up a perimeter, Wipperfurth, who was dressed entirely in black clothing and wearing a mask, poked his head out of a door and retreated back into the building, police said. Wipperfurth went out another door, scaled a fence and tried to run away, but was apprehended.

Wipperfurth faces tentative charges of burglary, possession of burglarious tools, criminal damage to property, felony bail jumping and for several warrants.

The investigation is ongoing.


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