Springs Police Arrest Man Stealing Metal From Homes Under Construction

Charles Butcher

Colorado Springs police have arrested a man they say is responsible for numerous metal thefts across the Springs.

Police say Charles Butcher is suspected of burglarizing homes in Colorado Springs, including new homes going up in Mountain Shadows, where so many burned down.

Jonni McCoy is settling in to her rebuilt home in Mountain Shadows and keeping an eye on others.

"We're kind of like the unofficial neighborhood watch for each other," she said of her close-knit community.

Someone broke into her home as it was under construction earlier this year.

"It's very frustrating,” she said. “It's very unsettling, kind of nerve-wracking because we already lost everything (the) first time around."

According to police, detectives from the Metal Theft Unit have been working on a criminal pattern involving the theft of copper pipe, copper wire, and brass water flow regulators from new homes under construction throughout the city. The investigation has been ongoing since the beginning of this year.

Detectives report the stolen copper and brass was being sold at local scrap yards by their primary suspect, Charles Butcher. On April 12, police say Butcher was contacted in the Wolf Ranch housing area by officers who saw his car parked in a construction zone. Over a four day period, police say that Butcher burglarized seven homes under construction, including two in Mountain Shadows.

On April 17, police report they watched as Butcher burglarized two more unfinished homes in Mountain Shadows. They later pulled him over as part of an ongoing investigation.

"I really hope this is the guy who got us,” McCoy said. “I hope it's the one who's bothered all the rest of us too so this will stop."

She and her neighbors are now watching in case there could be others.

Detectives said Monday they can connect Butcher to numerous burglaries of copper wire, pipe and brass in our area. The loss is well over $200,000 to home builders in our area.