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Wednesday morning, Paris police officers were investigating a break-in in the 100 block of Grand Avenue, where someone had ripped copper piping out of the bathroom and bar area of a beer and wine garden under construction.
Interestingly, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said, as officers were looking into the break-in, another call came into police dispatch — from Paris Iron Metal at 701 W. Center St. concerning a woman’s attempt to sell them numerous pieces of copper piping.
By comparing serial numbers from the copper pipes, officers determined the piping was the same that had been taken in the reported burglary.
Hettie Marie Gilbreath, 25, who is shown by Lamar County Jail records to have a residence in the 300 block of Northwest 9th Street, was arrested and taken to jail on a felony charge of burglary of a building.
The investigation continues, Garrett said.
Jail records show that Gilbreath was jailed on July 6 on seven counts of possession of a dangerous drug, each of which carried a $2,000 bond. She was released on July 7 after making bond.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra