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Man Arrested For Stealing Metal From Indianapolis Zoo

Last updated on Saturday, April 21, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A 22-year-old Indianapolis man faces burglary charges after police say he was caught stealing metal fixtures from Indianapolis Zoo property.

At around 3:30 am Friday, Indiana State Police were alerted after someone was seen jumping over the fence of the Indianapolis Zoo's annex building at West Market Street and White River Parkway W. Drive.

A few minutes later, Capitol Police officers arrived on the scene and found Roman Brown, 22, hiding in a dumpster in an enclosed area of the zoo. Officers arrested him without incident.

Zoo security spotted a white 1990 Ford pickup truck in an enclosed area that was not a zoo vehicle. The bed of the truck contained metal fixtures which were later identified as property of the zoo.

Police say Brown and another suspect, who ran from the scene, had loaded approximately fourteen fixtures into the back of the pickup truck. Brown told officers he planned to sell the metal fixtures to a scrapyard.

Brown was charged with burglary, attempted theft, and criminal mischief. He was booked at the Arrestee Processing Center.

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