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Notorious thief steals thousands worth of bronze piping

According to Fresno Police, more than $3,000 worth of bronze piping was taken from inside the fountain at Fresno City Hall.

UPDATE, February 2, 2018, 4:37 p.m.: Charles William Stanphill (30, of Fresno) has been charged in a Felony Complaint for damaging the fountain in front of Fresno City Hall this past weekend, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has announced.

Stanphill is being charged with Grand Theft of Copper Exceeding $950, Grand Theft of Property Exceeding $950 and Vandalism.

If convicted he could face up to four years in jail.

Stanphill is currently in custody at the Fresno County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

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According to Fresno Police, more than $3,000 worth of bronze piping was taken from inside the fountain at Fresno City Hall.

The thief was caught on camera on January 20th casing the property, and pulling the piping from the fountain.

Detectives say it didn't take long to figure out who they think did it because they believe its the same guy detectives arrested on June 10th for stealing copper wiring from Fulton Street.

Detectives arrested Charles Stanphill in Northeast Fresno, and he is now being charged with Grand Theft.

Police say thieves often steal metal to sell in order to make a quick buck.

“They’ll steal valuable metal, and then trade it at the metal yards for cash, and that is how they fund their narcotic habits," says Sgt. Brain Valles.

Valles wants the public to be vigilant.

"If you see someone walking around with a large brass ring, or a bunch of metal wiring, report it. Because more than likely they stole it from somewhere nearby, and they are going to make that exchange... for that cash," says Valles.

Police believe Stanphill may be responsible for other thefts in the area.

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