PERRYSBURG – A Jamestown man was arrested as a suspected scrap copper thief Saturday on the grounds of the old J.N. Adams Developmental Center.
Russell Balles, 33, of Prospect Street is charged with third-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools. State police at Collins made the arrest after investigating the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the J.N. Adams grounds about 8:15 a.m., police said. Troopers discovered the fence cut and propped open with a metal pipe and two large copper pipes, copper wire and a backpack filled with handtools nearby.
Police said Balles was spotted hiding behind a cement wall and surrendered once he realized he had been spotted. Police also said they also are investigating the involvement of a second suspect in the case.