Police watch man on top of building steal copper pipes

45-year-old causes $5,000-$7,000 in damage to building's HVAC unit
Police watch man on top of building steal copper pipes
Shyon Corner

A man seen on the top of an old grocery store on Madison’s east side was arrested Sunday after police watched him collect copper pipes.

Madison police got a call around 12:40 p.m. reporting that a man was on top of the former Cub Foods at 4025 Nekoosa Trail, according to a release.

Officers watched the building as Shyon E. Corner, 45, threw pieces of copper from the roof onto the ground, police said. Corner then slid down a pole that was connected to the building.

Police said Corner was carrying a bag that had a saw, drill, screwdrivers and other tools.

Madison police contacted the Madison Fire Department and a ladder truck was brought to the scene so investigators could look at the roof, according to the release. A crowbar was found near the HVAC unit, and it had been significantly damaged because copper pipes had been cut away.

The city of Madison owns the building, and an inspector estimated the damage to the heating and air conditioning unit between $5,000 and $7,000.

Corner was taken into custody on tentative charges of burglary, possession of burglarious tools, theft from a building, criminal damage to property and trespassing.